Merlot vines in this vineyard grow on their own roots, rather than having been grafted onto a root-stock, producing small berries with soft tannins and concentrated ripe-fruit flavours – plums and mulberries coming foremost to mind on tasting, and also delicate spice and suggestions of vanillin oak.
Toi Toi's 2010 Brookdale Reserve Pinot Gris is the product of intensely-flavoured fruit from this micro-climate, with upfront classic Pinot Gris spice and pear flavours, and good acidity.
At $17.99 it's a good match with poached salmon and boiled or steamed Kipfler potatoes.
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