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2016 Brecon Meritage

2014 Brecon Tannat

Heard the expression “you can never go back”. Well, you can completely throw that one out the top floor window with this sassy Meritage. The integration is seamless, as with any true Meritage, but the cheeky interplay of the four key varietals changes over time. You identify different nuances and are ultimately left pondering the exact varietal makeup of the blend. This audacious medley is perhaps our least traditional Meritage varietally. Yet still produces our signature blend of dark forest fruits, super smooth yet complex tannins, and great balancing acidity.


92 Pts. Wine Enthusiast.

Production notes

The real skill with a Meritage is undoubtedly in the various blending steps. Subtle vintage variations mean the path to making the wine lively, integrated and above all organoleptically interesting, like this example, differs every year. After all the last thing anybody wants is a hodgepodge, a mishmash, or a past up job. For Brecon it starts early with pre blends (think baby steps in blending), tannin management, and careful oak integration.

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Varietal Composition100% 2016 Adelaida.
13.8% Petit Verdot, Brecon Estate.
28.8% Cabernet Franc Brecon Estate.
24.9% Malbec, La Vista Vyd.
9.3% Cabernet Franc Parish Vyd.
23.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, Brecon Estate.

AppellationPaso Robles, Adelaida
AgingDrink Now - 2027
Residual Sugar0.30
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/23/2018
Cases Produced208

Since procuring Brecon (way, way back in 2012!) we have been slowly progressing towards making the Meritage wholly from Estate fruit. It's those exceptional clonal selections of both Malbec and Petit Verdot we have “oh so patiently” been waiting to come online. You might conceivably argue that we are over 70% of the way there with this blend as Brecon fruit makes up the said percentage. The old vine Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Francs complexity still dominates while the modern clones add brightness, color and structure.

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