The names of our wines are derived from philately.
This postal theme has been taken a step further by naming the wines either after famous stamps or philately terms. Here is a history of some of those wines named after stamps.
A U.S. stamp whose nickname is an artistic reference to the 10¢ green Helmet of Mercury Special Delivery Stamp. The Merry Widow, an operetta by Slovak composer Franz Lehar, is one of the most popular operatic works of the 20th century. The special delivery stamp became the Merry Widow through the resemblance between Mercury’s winged helmet on the stamp and Lily Elsie’s operatic hats. British actress Lily Elsie took up the role of the Merry Widow on the London boards in 1907. She brought to the role her fondness for a style of large-brimmed, heavily beplumed hats, which became known forever after as Merry Widow hats.
Dark wine with an inkiness picked up on the nose and palate. A nose of blackcurrant, chocolate, white pepper, cinnamon, raspberry and a hint of floral petals. An elegant wine with firm but supple tannins. Rounded ripe fruit gives it a long and lingering finish.
Alcohol 15.5% vol
Extract 29.6 g/L
Residual sugar 1.8 g/L
Total SO2 101 mg/L
Total acid 5.1 g/L
Maturation potential 8-10 years.