Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra 2016 45% Grenache 40% Syrah 15% Mourvedre from Cochise County fruit. These grapes are aged in Neutral French Oak to give the grapes time to relax and come together as a full bodied red. The 2015 version of the Chupcabara is the best I have ever tasted. GSM: a Classic blend from one of the great regions of the world “Chateauneuf de Pape”, this 2015 Chupacabra is a killer. Matt@Sip Wine ”
Merkin Vineyards Shinola Orancia 2017: The first orange wine from Maynard James Keenan has landed in Australia! This wine is made from 100% Malvasia Bianca grown in Buhl Memorial Vineyard in Southern Arizona and has had 10 days skins Maceration. Let me explain without all the wine nerd BS. Normally to make a white wine you squash the grapes and separate the skins from the juice. To make a red wines, you squash the grapes and leave the juice in contact with the skins to bleed their colour and flavours into the wine. To make an Orange wine, you take white grapes and make it like a red wine by leaving the skins in contact with the juice for a certain period. MJK has left the skins in contact with the juice for 10 days to give texture, richness and calm some of the powerful tropical fruit and floral notes that can often come from Malvasia Bianca. This wine has beautiful aromas that jump from the glass including Lychee, Honey dew Melon and Williams Pears. Due to the time on skins, this wine has a beautiful mouth feel that coats the tongue for a short time before the cracking acidity cleans it up and you are ready for the next sip. Watch out this bottle will disappear really quickly! Matt@SipWine
Merkin Chupacabra Blanca White 2016 55% Riesling 45% Sauvignon Blanc from Cochise County, Southern Arizona.The wine is more subtle than you would expect with an excellent balance of fruit & acidity.The Chupacabra Blanca 2014 is perfectly balanced with the Riesling shining from the front and the Sauvignon Blanc giving the body to hold it together. This is by far the best Chupacabra Blanca ever made and shows the quality of the winemaking. Nice One Maynard, you nailed this one.Matt@Sip Wine.