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All Hallows Eve Merlot 2009
Hawkes Bay
In few other places are the chapters of each season written as eloquently as they are in New Zealand, as snow heralds winter and stitch birds announce spring. All Hallow's Eve, a traditional celebration bidding farewell to one season and greeting the new, captures this spirit of renewal. Made to a lighter lower alcohol style, All Hallow's Eve has been specially created to welcome your new season.
$1699each
$201DOZEN
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Parcels of Merlot grown to good vineyards around Hawke's Bay are identified on the basis of vibrant aromatic qualities, distinctive varietal fruit characters and fine balance between tannins, acid and physiological ripeness. All bunches are completely destemmed and vinified on skins for a period of up to eight days. After the completion of malolactic fermentation in tank, the batches are transferred to older oak barrels for a spell of maturation and softening of tannins. Some components remain in tank to maintain freshness. Following maturation, those parcels which can best define a low alcohol style while achieving the completeness of Hawkes Bay Merlot, are assembled into the final wine. Alcohol 8.0%
 
Youthful crimson red colour. Fresh raspberry, black plums and cassis notes complemented by background nutmeg oak. A supple, juicy, medium bodied red with dominant red cherry and raspberry fruit flavours balanced by fine tannins. The persistent varietal fruit characters and background oak make All Hallow's Eve a fully approachable Merlot to enjoy while fresh and young. Drinking beautifully alongside grilled tuna steak or a gourmandise lentil burger.
Blue Pyrenees Merlot 2014
Pyrenees
Available by the dozen
Blue Pyrenees is a moniker in reference to western Victoria's kinship to the dividing range of southern France. Established by the most enduring marques in luxury wine, built upon a quality of fruit that's evocative of the regal reds grown to the great vineyards in Medoc. Merlot is an essential inclusion to many of the world's prestigious growths, it requires a structure and depth of character which challenges the Blue Pyrenees team to achieve vintages which are redolent with perfumed cherry plum fruit, a velvetine palate and the most affable tannins.
$1799each
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There's so much about Blue Pyrenees that's very old world, the standards of viticulture and philosophy of winemaking itself. A collation of parcels harvested off the Blue Pyrenees estate vineyard, planted on the edge of a breathtakingly beautiful indigenous forest on the challenging terroirs, just outside Avoca township. Components are crushed and vinified at warmer temperatures over the course of a week in traditional 15-tonne static fermenters, followed by a further week of maceration on skins for optimal extract of colour, fruit and tannin. Upon completion, batches are pressed and racked into a selection of seasoned French oak barriques for eighteen months maturation. Alcohol 14.0%
 
Ruby red, purple hues. Fragrant of violets, red berry notes, regional mint and light, creamy French oak. A vibrant mouthful of fresh plum flavours, complemented by forest floor characters, mint leaves, earth and cedar oak. Firm structure over fine grain tannins, Merlot that's made for lamb, seared scotch fillet or milder cuts of game.
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Brands Laira Two Row Merlot 2009
Coonawarra
McWilliam's are one of the largest landholders in Coonawarra, with more than three hundred hectares of the choicest properties under vine, including the exhalted Laira Vineyard, established by Captain Stentiford in 1893 atop the Coonawarra's splendid Terra rossa heartland. Eric Brand, one of the earliest patrons of the Coonawarra, became the custodian of the vineyard more than half a century later. Expressing all the distinctive regional highlights of Coonawarra, Brand's Laira is a Merlot of exceptional quality, softness and approachability.
$1999each
$237DOZEN
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Following harvest and the crush, juices are vinified over a period of several days on their skins in headed down, steel fermenters, pumped over twice daily to ensure maximum extraction of colour and flavour. Once pressed off skins while still slightly sweet (approximately 2 baume), the wine was pumped to a selection of new and seasoned French and American oak barrels to finish primary and malolactic fermentation. Upon completion, the wine was racked off its lees and pumped back into refreshed barrels for maturation. During the first six months of ageing, barrels are racked by hand to achieve the required clarity and to assist in the wine's development.
 
Dark crimson red. A deeply perfumed nose displaying blackcurrant and plum, complemented by vanilla and cedar aromas derived from oak maturation. The rich, rounded palate showcases vibrant plum and dark berry fruits. Elegant mocha, vanilla and dusty oak characters complement the fruit on the palate. Great length with good varietal character and rich, ripe flavour concentration, the finish is long with fine, silky tannins adding length. A luscious drink now proposition that will also improve from cellaring.
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Brown Brothers Patricia Merlot 2004
Pyrenees Beechworth
Best Merlot Trophy & Gold Hobart. Exceptional Merlot fruit for this vintage, the Patricia Merlot has not been released since 2000. Sourced from the superior Glenkara vineyard in the Pyrenees and a small parcel 6% from the Taylors vineyard at Beechworth, Patricia has spent 18 months in a combination of new and older French oak. A wine of unshakeably gelatinous flavours like cherry and berry ju-jubes, Patricia is supple with fruit intensity and tenderness, it's soft palate and fine silky tannins, hit an immediate chord with Australian wine judges.
$3999each
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The quality of the Glenkara and Taylors premium Merlot is a result of many years experience and work throughout the season, to maximize flavours and fruit intensity. Wines of great depth and complexity with outstanding varietal character can be expected from these Merlot vineyards in exceptional vintages like 2004. The fruit was harvested in parcels late March at a baume target of 13.5. The grapes were destemmed and crushed to fermenters, the final cuvee underwent blending trials and maturation at the Kindergarten winery. Selected parcels of the fruit spent 18 months in oak, with 70% in new and the balance in one year old French barriques.
 
Plum red colour. Lifted blackcurrant and cherry aromas with hints of spice and licorice. The palate is soft and juicy with fine silky tannins, spice and integrated French oak. A stunning Merlot wine that opens with enticing fragrances, it expands and improves it's flavours as it breathes, offering up plenty of ripe blackberry flavours, leading to an exceptional finish.
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Buller Valerie Merlot 2004
Rutherglen
"FOUR STARS****!" Winestate. One of Buller's more outstanding offerings and certainly quite a superior effort for in a Rutherglen Merlot. It's Medoc like climate has yielded a sublime and velvety red that delivers, from nose onto the tongue. Harvested and plunged by hand and basket pressed, this intensely aromatic wine offers ripe plummy fruits, mint and dark chocolate on the nose. The palate is equally intense with dark fruits, dried herbs and enticing savoury and gamey characters. Not your average Merlot, albeit one that will continue to integrate and soften over the next 6 to 8 years.
$2999each
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The name Valerie refers to the winemaker's mother, Valerie Buller, matriarch of the Buller family winery. Planted in 1987, Buller's Indigo Valley vineyard consistently produces fruit of high quality. At 250 metres above sea level, the vineyard is ideally situated for growing Merlot. The warm sunny days ensure the grapes are well ripened whilst the cool crisp nights preserve the pure fruit characters. A champion, immense and tender Merlot with prominent gentle vapours on the nose and soft flavours that reflect the quality of the crop and winemaking skill. Alcohol 15%
 
Colour is red with with broad layers of a very deep garnet. Bouquet is earthy, gardeny with velvety berrys, a sweet perfume of violets and plum fruits. Intense flavours of plum and berry fruits that combine with the most distinguished tannins create soft flavours that develop into a heightened and juicy mouthfeel. Hints of chocolate and some savoury characters on the middle palate. Tannins and acid are in balance with fruit flavours. Good length and soft finish.
Capel Vale Debut Merlot 2013
Geographe
Available by the dozen
Debut best illustrates the remarkable power, intense flavour profiles and sophistication of Merlot grown to good vineyards around Geographe Bay. One of the few major family owner operated wineries in Western Australia, Capel Vale have grown enormously in stature as a purveyor of the finest Merlot through a succession of highly acclaimed editions. Attend this memorable Debut with cutlets of rare pink lamb, a red wine osso bucco or hard, pungent cheese.
$1699each
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Dr Peter and Elizabeth Pratten have spent the last thirty years pursuing their dream of the finest quality wine, proud regional styling and true elegance. Eighty acres of capel Vale vineyards are named after the original Capel Shire subdivisions, the Stirling district being one of the earliest areas surveyed in the entire state. Merlot grapes are partially hand picked off a split canopy trellising system and de-stemmed without any crushing for maximum whole berry inclusion. The musts are chilled and cold soaked for up to five days followed by a traditional vinification. Batches are pressed and settled, racked off gross lees for malolactic and maturation in seasoned French oak barriques to soften the tannins while building structure.
 
Plum / cherry coloured. Bouquets of kirsch and plum, blackcurrants, bramble and spice, luscious dark blueberry fruits are complemented by mint, leather notes and autumn leaves. The palate is rich and generous whilst maintaining elegance and finesse, sweet plum and cherry flavours, tomatoes and mint, complemented by subtle spice, chocolates and tobacco, over a length of fine tannins, leading to a dry, satisfying finish.
Castelli Pemberton Merlot 2012
Pemberton
Available by the dozen
The fortuitous vines grown to Pemberton's balmy climes, are encouraged by the lofty karri tree blossoms to yield harvests of the cleanest, disease free Merlot grapes, intense with ripe cherry plum flavours and infused by the piquant cologne of local gums. Castelli make a Merlot that articulates the influence of Pemberton's unique mesoclimes, its lifted bush floral characters, velvet tannins and splendid French oak, make a match to the finest gourmandise, game bird recipes, pâtés, pork and veal terrines or emmentaler gratin.
$2299each
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Pemberton was established to viticulture in 1982, its relative youth as a winegrowing region has a yielded a succession of the most outstanding vintages. Castelli's strict regimen of close canopy management achieves harvests brimming with fully ripenend flavours. Fruit is crushed and held for a term of cold soak, inoculated to yeast strains F15 and FX10, followed by a rather warm vinification for a fortnight on skins at temperatures of 25°C to 30°C. Ferments are treated to pump overs twice daily, gentle tannin extractions and a course or two of rack returns. Upon completion, batches are transferred to a selection of seasoned and new French oak barriques for a judicious spell of maturation. Alcohol 14.2%
Chrismont Merlot 2012
King Valley
Available by the dozen
The Chrismont property once supported one of Australia's largest tobacco growing operations. Chrismont have since become synonymous with the production of high quality Alpine and King Valley wines, the Merlot varietal being a standout performer. With mesoclimes and aspects that are so similar to the premiere Merlot growing hillsides of Tuscany, the long summer days of high Victorian country enable grapes to achieve full ripeness, the finished wine exhibits richness of varietal character, the cool local nights contribute elegance and poise.
$1999each
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Merlot is harvested from vines up to thirty years of age, throughout the cool of night to ensure a slow start to fermentation. As vinification ensues, temperatures are allowed to rise, maintained at a range between 25°C and 30°C. Depending on the season and quality of fruit, batches are treated to a week or more on skins for the extraction of fine, medium bodied tannins. The active batches are drained and pressed to a selection of seasoned and new French oak barriques for completion of ferments and a spell of malolactic. After a year of maturation, components are assembled into the final wine and rested for at least six months in bottle prior to release. Alcohol 13.5%
 
Dark, cherry red colour. A showcase of cool climate red fruit characters, fragrances of red currant interplay with suggestions of leather and spice. A ripe palate of currants and plum, cherry flavours are integrated with cedar and vanilla oak, warming varietal spice, dark chocolates and leaf. The structure is tight with fine tannins in support through the length of palate. A good choice with duck, terriyaki beef and lamb.
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Cleanskin King Valley Merlot 2013
King Valley
The higher altitudes of King Valley yield harvests of the finest, slowly ripened fruit. Spring runoffs and retentive terroirs nourish the soils and stimulate the vines to infuse maximum flavour in the grapes. Merlot is an outstanding performer in the high country, taking full advantage of the cool climes to develop fully the rich fruit esters and refined, velvet tannins. Crafted by one of King Valley's stellar achievers and representing salient value, a generously complex yet exquisitely balanced Merlot wine of bespoke King Valley eloquence and remarkably elegant styling.
$1000each
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King Valley made the transition from tobacco farming to producing world class Merlot vintages, piquant tobacco notes still resonate on the nose and palate of the region's wines. The terraces and undulating aspects of the high country form a myriad of mesoclimates, picking of grapes is carried out on different days to a schedule determined by each separate parcel of vine. Following harvest and the crush, musts are inoculated and vinified in a combination of fermenters to achieve a fruit filled, velvet textured Merlot wine. Batches are racked and filled to a selection of new and seasoned oak barrels for a term of maturation before assemblage into the finished wine.
 
Scarlet red colour. Complex berry fruit nose, cherries, cocoa and carob, currants and plum. Chocolateyness on the palate, bramble and licorice characters with a touch of herbaceous, tobacco notes and high country mint. A great mouthfeel delivering excellent balance, its refined tannins and juicy plummy fruit lingering long and lasting on the cleanly fragrant finish.
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Cockfighters Ghost Merlot 2012
Orange
Cockfighter was a horse who met with an untimely death, his ghost haunts a billabong but the tale would be long forgotten if it wasn't for the award winning team at Pooles Rock. Merlot vines thrive on the New South Wales central ranges, where the cool, slow ripening climes of the up and coming Orange winegrowing district yields some of Australia's finest fruit. In keeping with its provenance, Cockfighter's Ghost is profuse with the rich blueberry plum and varietal spice characters of Merlot, all supported by an exquisite, soft and lingering tannin frame.
$1799each
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The team at Cockfighter's Ghost work closely with growers to employ the most exacting standards of viticulture, essential for healthy fruit and ensuring consistent yields of the finest grapes. A pure Merlot wine sourced off vines planted to the cool ripening climes of Orange in the central ranges of New South Wales. Grapes are promptly transported to the estate wineworks at Pokolbin for immediate crushing and pressing throughout the cool of night to retain maximum freshness. Parcels are vinified in temperature controlled fermenters to a regimen which achieves maximum extraction of colour, flavours and tannin. The finished wine is matured eighteen months in a selection of small French oak barrels. Alcohol 13.5%
 
Dark red in colour. Spicy ripe plum, mulberry and currant aromas seasoned by hints of drying herbal spice. The palate is rich with spicy plum and ripe mulberry flavours. Hints of vanillin oak lead to a sweet dark chocolate tannin finish. The ideal accompaniment to lamb and scalloped potato or a crispy roast duck with root vegetables and thyme.
Cumulus Climbing Merlot 2014
Orange
Available by the dozen
Defined by altitude, Orange is one of Australia's highest and coolest regions. A capricious grape to grow, Merlot demands a regime of perfect conditions to achieve an even berry set. The growers of Orange have dutifully obliged over many years, painstakingly developing this new but salubrious winegrowing precinct for the realization of world class Merlot. Fruit sets very well and bunch thinning is undertaken to limit the yields. Cumulus will handsomely accompany roasted Mediterranean vegetables with lamb and wild mushroom medley.
$1799each
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Climbing Merlot is an active reference to the high altitude vineyards whence fruit is sourced. It also defines the Cumulus team's ongoing quest for higher achievement. Parcels of Merlot are harvested and crushed, destemmed and cold soaked for a fortnight. Ferments begin at cooler temperatures and are treated to gentle pumpovers as they peak at 28°C. Time spent on skins is managed for optimal tannin extraction, pumpovers are gradually decreased to wetting the cap once daily. Upon completion, batches are treated to an extended soak, pressed off skins into a selection of French oak barriques for a year's maturation, before assembling, fining and filtration into the finished wine.
 
Medium red colour. Lifted and bright, fragrant with sweet plums, leafiness, hints of dark chocolate and subtle oak tones. A mouthful of ripe dark plums, black cherry and a hint of herbs layer beautifully in a medium bodied, elegantly structured wine. The smooth as silk palate finishes with spiced, earthy notes and dark chocolate.
Deakin Estate Merlot 2016
Murray Valley
Available by the dozen
The Deakin Estate range of wines was launched in the 1990s as a limited release. Since then the estate's bountiful vineyards have delivered world class wines that are being extremely well received internationally. The sun and rich soils of the Murray River Valley yield fully flavoured, easy drinking and intensely satisfying Merlot wines. Deakin Estate exhibits all the cherry/plum fruit flavours and soft tannins that's expected of good Merlot.
$899each
$105DOZEN
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Deakin Estate was planted to premium wine grapes which were sold to other wineries until the 1980s. By the time the Deakin Estate range was launched in the 1990s, some of the vines had achieved considerable age, whilst newer vines were being planted. Deakin Estate's efforts are focused on producing fruit of the highest quality and expressive wines brimming with flavour and varietal character. The sunny microclimate and rich soils yield robust Merlot fruit, rich with varietal plummyness and soft tannins. The grapes are handled gently to extract the softest tannins, the juices are put through a slow maturation process to infuse the wine with warm oak complexity.
 
Medium density plum/ red hue. Olive and coffee aromas combined with plums, blackcurrant and light cinnamon. The fruit extends onto the palate, there are meaty characters, prunes and preserves, sweet briar, touches of mint, cherries in syrup, and velvety brown tannins. It closes nicely with a soft leafyness, a suppleness that's brilliantly suited to polenta quail.
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