Sixty Second Swirl
Jeir Station is steeped in history – convicts, creeks and churches have all played their role in the rich, historical threads of the Jeir Station tapestry. These days, under the Jirra Wines at Jeir Station label, owners Colin and Kay Andrews are cranking out a range of cool-climate classics, including this week’s ‘swirl’ – the Jirra Wines at Jeir Station Merlot 2017.
This wine embodies a true sense of variety, time and place, reflecting varietal definition, vintage conditions and the cool climate terroir of the vineyard site.
This Merlot is a deep, cherry red colour in the glass with crimson hues. A swirl encourages aromas of chocolate-coated cherries, a beguiling touch of treacle along with a crack of cool-climate induced white pepper and star anise. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe cherry and plum flavours with a lovely lick of liquorice.
We enjoyed our bottle with roasted beef and chilli sausage and vegetable tray bake but would go really well with chargrilled lamb cutlets or an eye fillet with pepper sauce. We bought our bottle from the fantastic local wine selection at the Yass Valley Information Centre, but you can also buy for $22 online.
Yass Valley Times Wine Columnist
The property now known as Jeir Station with the original building is only 300 acres but within the vicinity of the home, it remains much as it was over l00 years ago.