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Haan Merlot Barossa Valley Prestige 2009

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Owned by Hans and Fransien Haan, the vineyard is located on the valley floor of the Barossa Valley in South Australia, one of the world's renowned grape growing districts. The 40 acre property was purchased in 1993, with the first wine produced in 1997. A few years later the property was expanded to 47 acres. Production is currently limited to approximately 4,000 cases, using only premium quality grapes produced on the estate. Only premium oak barrels are used for fermentation. No grapes are purchased, and seasonal conditions sometimes dictate the quantities produced. The vineyard is run on a 'minimal input' system, offering considerable environmental protection. Chemical use is kept to an absolute minimum, as is irrigation and ground disturbance. Haan Wines also took out the prestigious award at IWSC in as "Australian Producer of the Year" Vintage: 2006 Grapes: Merlot 90%, Cabernet Franc 10%. Viticulture: The Merlot vines are 17 years old, grown on a sandy loam with a 2 metre clay base. The vines are trellised on a single wire with two foliage wires to keep the foliage upright and expose the fruit to the maximum amount of sunlight. The fruit was allowed to ripen to 15 baume before picking and cropped at a level of 3.5 tonnes per acre. Winemaking: This wine was fermented using a selected yeast to enhance fruit definition and depth. The skills were plunged and pumped over three times per day and the wine allowed to rest on skins for seven days to allow for maximum colour and flavour extraction. After malolatic fermentation the wine was racked into selected French oak barriques and allowed to mature for 24 months before bottling. Notes: The complexity and depth of aroma this wine places it well within the iconic range of Merlots. The wine is a balance of plum fruits, dark fruit cake and hints of mocha coffee. To complement the fruit weight there is a rich oak component which gives extreme length and structure to this wine. Serve: While released with quite some readiness, there is no doubt that the Merlot Prestige will develop further with more bottle age. We expect it to show extremely well at around 8 - 10 years of age.

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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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Vintage: 2001 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


External Reviews for Haan Merlot Barossa Valley Prestige

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Source: Great Wines Direct
11/08/2010

Owned by Hans and Fransien Haan, the vineyard is located on the valley floor of the Barossa Valley in South Australia, one of the world's renowned grape growing districts. The 40 acre property was purchased in 1993, with the first wine produced in 1997. A few years later the property was expanded to 47 acres. Production is currently limited to approximately 4,000 cases, using only premium quality grapes produced on the estate. Only premium oak barrels are used for fermentation. No grapes are purchased, and seasonal conditions sometimes dictate the quantities produced. The vineyard is run on a 'minimal input' system, offering considerable environmental protection. Chemical use is kept to an absolute minimum, as is irrigation and ground disturbance. Haan Wines also took out the prestigious award at IWSC in as "Australian Producer of the Year" Vintage: 2006 Grapes: Merlot 90%, Cabernet Franc 10%. Viticulture: The Merlot vines are 17 years old, grown on a sandy loam with a 2 metre clay base. The vines are trellised on a single wire with two foliage wires to keep the foliage upright and expose the fruit to the maximum amount of sunlight. The fruit was allowed to ripen to 15 baume before picking and cropped at a level of 3.5 tonnes per acre. Winemaking: This wine was fermented using a selected yeast to enhance fruit definition and depth. The skills were plunged and pumped over three times per day and the wine allowed to rest on skins for seven days to allow for maximum colour and flavour extraction. After malolatic fermentation the wine was racked into selected French oak barriques and allowed to mature for 24 months before bottling. Notes: The complexity and depth of aroma this wine places it well within the iconic range of Merlots. The wine is a balance of plum fruits, dark fruit cake and hints of mocha coffee. To complement the fruit weight there is a rich oak component which gives extreme length and structure to this wine. Serve: While released with quite some readiness, there is no doubt that the Merlot Prestige will develop further with more bottle age. We expect it to show extremely well at around 8 - 10 years of age.


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
10/16/2012

Ripe plum fruits, dark fruit cake and hints of mocha coffee, with rich oak component which gives extreme length . Owned by Hans and Fransien Haan, the vineyard is located on the valley floor of the Barossa Valley in South Australia, one of the worlds renowned grape growing districts. The 40 acre property was purchased in 1993, with the first wine produced in 1997. A few years later the property was expanded to 47 acres. Production is currently limited to approximately 4,000 cases, using only premium quality grapes produced on the estate. Only premium oak barrels are used for fermentation. No grapes are purchased, and seasonal conditions sometimes dictate the quantities produced. The vineyard is run on a ‘minimal input’ system, offering considerable environmental protection. Chemical use is kept to an absolute minimum, as is irrigation and ground disturbance. Haan Wines also took out the prestigious award at IWSC in as “Australian Producer of the Year” Grapes : 100% Merlot Region: Australia / Barossa Maker: Mark Jamieson Notes : The complexity and depth of aroma this wine places it well within the iconic range of Merlots. The wine is a balance of plum fruits, dark fruit cake and hints of mocha coffee. To complement the fruit weight there is a rich oak component which gives extreme length and structure to this wine. Serve : At 16 to 18C with red meats, game, venison and other full flavour foods. ABV : 14.5%


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
Vintage: 2006 03/23/2010

Owned by Hans and Fransien Haan, the vineyard is located on the valley floor of the Barossa Valley in South Australia, one of the world's renowned grape growing districts. The 40 acre property was purchased in 1993, with the first wine produced in 1997. A few years later the property was expanded to 47 acres. Production is currently limited to approximately 4,000 cases, using only premium quality grapes produced on the estate. Only premium oak barrels are used for fermentation. No grapes are purchased, and seasonal conditions sometimes dictate the quantities produced. The vineyard is run on a 'minimal input' system, offering considerable environmental protection. Chemical use is kept to an absolute minimum, as is irrigation and ground disturbance. Haan Wines also took out the prestigious award at IWSC in 2005 as "Australian Producer of the Year" Grapes: &nb...



Owned by Hans and Fransien Haan, the vineyard is located on the valley floor of the Barossa Valley in South Australia, one of the world's renowned grape growing districts. The 40 acre property was purchased in 1993, with the first wine produced in 1997. A few years later the property was expanded to 47 acres. Production is currently limited to approximately 4,000 cases, using only premium quality grapes produced on the estate. Only premium oak barrels are used for fermentation. No grapes are purchased, and seasonal conditions sometimes dictate the quantities produced. The vineyard is run on a 'minimal input' system, offering considerable environmental protection. Chemical use is kept to an absolute minimum, as is irrigation and ground disturbance. Haan Wines also took out the prestigious award at IWSC in as "Australian Producer of the Year" Vintage: 2006 Grapes: Merlot 90%, Cabernet Franc 10%. Viticulture: The Merlot vines are 17 years old, grown on a sandy loam with a 2 metre clay base. The vines are trellised on a single wire with two foliage wires to keep the foliage upright and expose the fruit to the maximum amount of sunlight. The fruit was allowed to ripen to 15 baume before picking and cropped at a level of 3.5 tonnes per acre. Winemaking: This wine was fermented using a selected yeast to enhance fruit definition and depth. The skills were plunged and pumped over three times per day and the wine allowed to rest on skins for seven days to allow for maximum colour and flavour extraction. After malolatic fermentation the wine was racked into selected French oak barriques and allowed to mature for 24 months before bottling. Notes: The complexity and depth of aroma this wine places it well within the iconic range of Merlots. The wine is a balance of plum fruits, dark fruit cake and hints of mocha coffee. To complement the fruit weight there is a rich oak component which gives extreme length and structure to this wine. Serve: While released with quite some readiness, there is no doubt that the Merlot Prestige will develop further with more bottle age. We expect it to show extremely well at around 8 - 10 years of age.

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