94 Points James Halliday
Medium red-purple; a fragrant and aromatic bouquet opens with spice, cedar and forest, then veering more to berry/cherry; the palate has a very good silky texture, supported by quite persistent tannins which are in balance, and add to the length. Drink to 2008.
Source: James Halliday. August, 2002
Brian Croser established Petaluma in 1976 to make world class wines from the classic varieties by choosing the best region for each variety and acquiring or planting the best vineyard site in that region. Over the past 3 decades these vineyards have been nurtured to allow the site and variety to fully express their individual pedigrees. Petaluma has maintained an uncompromising approach to each aspect of viticulture and winemaking for over a quarter of a century.
Today winemaker Andrew Hardy firmly adheres to the tenet that if the vineyards are great, and the winemaking responsive, the wines will be outstanding. Indeed, Andrew sees his role as custodian of the vineyards.
The Petaluma Merlot hails from the acclaimed Evans Vineyard in Coonawarra.