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Haan Merlot Barossa Valley Prestige 2001

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Wow! What a difference some time in the cellar makes. I opened one of my 3 bottles of the 2001 Haan Merlot Prestige about 2 years ago. For all the good reviews it was very closed and not at all the complex fruit bomb I had expected. Well the bottle I opened this week was an entirely different and quite delightful experience. Baron Hans Rudolf Haan founded the Haan winery in 1993 with the purchase of 45 acres in the Barossa Valley, Australia. James Irvine, the winemaker for this vintage, assisted in starting Haan Wines and restoring and replanting the old vineyards on the property. He also mentored Mark Jamieson, Hann’s current winemaker. On the nose this wine expresses blueberries, blackberries, sweet spice, figs and coco powder. Still a youthful looking wine with an inky purple color and full bodied with well-integrated tannins and mouth watering acidity on the front and mid palette fading to soft silky tannins on the finish. In the mouth a fruit explosion of blackberries, figs and dark plums infused with hints of mocha and sweet spices greets you on the initial sip and mid palette, with the finish exhibiting black cherries, more mocha and a light hint of vanilla. 2001 was a great vintage in Australia and in Barossa. Many well-made wines I have had from this vintage express tremendous fruit purity and complexity and have aged quite well. I originally purchased my Haan wines from Sam’s in Chicago, but now that they have been sold (new ownership under the name Binnys Beverage Depot) I don’t see that they are carrying it any longer. I am checking into current US distribution and will update this post as I am able to find more information. Expect prices to be in the $35 range for a recent vintage of the Merlot Prestige. November 2009

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We travelled the world in search of the ultimate home for us, a place that would fulfil our dream of being makers of very special, unique wine. Many places charmed us -- Cyprus, France, Portugal, Spain, Madeira, New Zealand, Victoria, Tasmania, Margaret River and the Hunter Valley -- but we kept returning to the Barossa Valley, drawn by all it had to offer: 1. A unique district that maintai... Read more
We travelled the world in search of the ultimate home for us, a place that would fulfil our dream of being makers of very special, unique wine. Many places charmed us -- Cyprus, France, Portugal, Spain, Madeira, New Zealand, Victoria, Tasmania, Margaret River and the Hunter Valley -- but we kept returning to the Barossa Valley, drawn by all it had to offer: 1. A unique district that maintains many of the great traditions lost in other areas. 2. A strong commitment to preserving a great vineyard heritage (where special wine starts!) rather than letting it be taken over by industry or sub-division. 3. A climate with four very distinct seasons. 4. A wonderful sense of community where everyone works together for the common good, taking pride in the achievements of one and all. Upon seeing our 45 acre (18 hectare) vineyard, initially purchased in 1853 by George Friedrich Schmidt for one pound an acre, we knew we had discovered the vineyard and home of our dream. The blend of the old classic Barossa feel and subtle Mediterranean influences in our home is a philosophy carried over to our wines. Read less
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Snooth User: WineJourney
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11/13/2009

Wow! What a difference some time in the cellar makes. I opened one of my 3 bottles of the 2001 Haan Merlot Prestige about 2 years ago. For all the good reviews it was very closed and not at all the complex fruit bomb I had expected. Well the bottle I opened this week was an entirely different and quite delightful experience. Baron Hans Rudolf Haan founded the Haan winery in 1993 with the purchase of 45 acres in the Barossa Valley, Australia. James Irvine, the winemaker for this vintage, assisted in starting Haan Wines and restoring and replanting the old vineyards on the property. He also mentored Mark Jamieson, Hann’s current winemaker. On the nose this wine expresses blueberries, blackberries, sweet spice, figs and coco powder. Still a youthful looking wine with an inky purple color and full bodied with well-integrated tannins and mouth watering acidity on the front and mid palette fading to soft silky tannins on the finish. In the mouth a fruit explosion of blackberries, figs and dark plums infused with hints of mocha and sweet spices greets you on the initial sip and mid palette, with the finish exhibiting black cherries, more mocha and a light hint of vanilla. 2001 was a great vintage in Australia and in Barossa. Many well-made wines I have had from this vintage express tremendous fruit purity and complexity and have aged quite well. I originally purchased my Haan wines from Sam’s in Chicago, but now that they have been sold (new ownership under the name Binnys Beverage Depot) I don’t see that they are carrying it any longer. I am checking into current US distribution and will update this post as I am able to find more information. Expect prices to be in the $35 range for a recent vintage of the Merlot Prestige. November 2009




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