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1 - 12 of 61 Exclusively Merlot
Bird In Hand Merlot
Adelaide Hills
Available by the dozen
Adelaide Hills make mighty Merlot, the cooler temperatures, elevated aspects and sheltered mesoclimes are Shangri La for the exceptional ripening and outstanding tannin development worthy of the finest Medoc. Hand picked throughout the fogswept hours of early morning, the worthiest hand picked bunches are treated to a week of ferment before a course of fourteen months in a selection of artisanaly coopered French oak barriques. Redolent of mulberries, plum and festive spice, its fine silky tannins in support of the graceful, elegant high altitude fruit.
$3999each
$479DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
Bird In Hand Nest Egg Merlot
Adelaide Hills
Available in cartons of six
Adelaide Hills make world class Merlot, genteel, velvety wines, solidly structured, brimming with intense lozenge flavours and resonant with exemplary varietal character. Bird in the Hand are without compromise, the most exacting standards of winemaking. An excruciatingly limited edition, only a few hundred cases are ever made, quality of harvest permitting, from the most superlative parcels of vintage. Vinified and pressed into the finest French oak for eighteen months, its fleshy plum and mulberry palate is draped in a delicate muslin of fine, silky tannins.
$8999each
$1079DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
Chapman Grove Reserve Cabernet Merlot
Margaret River
Available by the dozen
$2499each
$297DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
Clairault Margaret River Rose
Margaret River
Available by the dozen
Margaret River Merlot, gently crushed and infused on skins a judicious four hours, for optimal uptake of rakish pink hue and rose petal perfumes. Treated to a long cool ferment on gross lees at brisk temperatures, to lock in all the plummy vivaciousness and cherry ripeness of good Merlot, promptly bottled to preserve freshness and seal in the winsome aromatics. Aromas of rhubarb, cerise et frais de bois, punnets of summer berry fruit, a voluptuous entry of revitalizing raspberry sorbet, apple and blackcurrant, a juicy, refreshing finish.
$1899each
$227DOZEN
EACH
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Coldstream Hills Merlot
Yarra Valley
Available by the dozen
$2849each
$339DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
Cumulus Climbing Merlot
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.
$1899each
$227DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
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.
Dandelion Damsel Barossa Merlot
Barossa
Available by the dozen
$2249each
$269DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
Devils Creek Alpine Valley Merlot
Alpine
Available by the dozen
Devils Creek runs along the base of Mount Buffalo, providing a precious source of water to replenish vines which yield the most splendid harvests of Alpine Valley Merlot. The creek was famous for disappearing underground some years and welling up again in plentiful supply during others, leaving the exasperated locals to liken it to the devil himself. A vibrant cherry red wine exuding lifted ripe plum and chocolate notes. Fully flavoured with a hint of cool climate spice and fine oak integration. Who knows, a few glasses of Devils Creek may bring out the devil in you.
$1399each
$167DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
Established in 1982, the Michelini Vineyard is perched in the Buckland Valley between the snow capped peaks of Mt Buffalo and the pristine crystal clear waters of Devil's Creek. The Alpine winters and cool summers nights characteristic of this secluded valley provide ideal conditions for maturing premium grapes. Yield is regulated on the ten hectares Merlot blocks by removal of secondary shoots prior to flowering, and by removal of excessive bunches per shoot at veraison. Leaf removal in the fruiting zone is carried out to improve exposure to sunlight. Devil's Creek develops lovely charry vanilla characters and the gentlest of tannins from a spell of ageing in fine French oak barrels.
 
Medium cherry red colour. Lifted ripe plum and chocolate notes, elegant, savoury bouquets of dark chocolate and cherry, opening quickly to reveal intense fruit and cedary, cocoa oak. More floral bouquets, satsuma plums and mint leaf. On the palate are mouthfilling flavours of plum and raspberry liquorice, chocolate prunes, leather and violet, all beautifully defined. Enjoy with fiery Asian recipes incorporating sweet herbs and spice.
Dowie Doole Merlot
McLaren Vale
Available by the dozen
There really is a Dowie Doole, architect/grower Drew Dowie and international banker/grower Norm Doole. Their dedicated team have struck a purple patch with Merlot, fortifying the pick of their crop with a tenth of Cabernet Sauvignon for structure, aromaticness and length. At Dowie Doole, quality drives everything. Viticulturally, the ultimate expression of quality is in delivering harvests of the most exceptional fruit to make great wines. The requisite McLaren Merlot style of early accessibility and soft lingering flavours, gracious tannins and supportive oak.
$2099each
$251DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
Some of the finest, eldest and most distinguished McLaren Vale vineyards have now been welcomed into the Dowie Doole family. Merlot is harvested in excellent condition as the grapes achieve rich colour, exemplary varietal flavour, good acidity and fine ripe tannins. Fruit is crushed and vinified on skins in a static fermenter for six days. A third of the juices are run off into medium toast American oak hogsheads and barrel fermented to dryness. The balance is fermented to dryness and transferred to a selection of seasoned, second and third use barrels. Batches complete malolactic and several months maturation before assembling into the final wine.
 
Bright crimson red, purple hues. An aromatic nose dominated by spices and ripe red fruit such as plums, rhubarb and cherry. A medium bodied palate with barrel fermentation integrating the oak with ripe plum and soft, herbaceous, berry characters. The wine opens up to reveal roasted chocolate and coffee characters finishing with soft, rounded tannins.
Elderton Estate Merlot
Barossa
Available by the dozen
Elderton made use of a secret ingredient across their stately range of award winning wines for many years, they originally called on small amounts of estate grown Merlot as an essential component. Eventually the quality of Merlot itself became so exceptional that the decision was made to bottle it as a pure wine. Elderton has now been recognised as one of the finest and most consistent examples of the varietal in Australia, manifesting just how gracious a Barossa Merlot can be, a wine of controlled power, polish and identity, sublime harmony and superb length.
$2799each
$335DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
Elderton has only two small blocks of Merlot, situated towards the back of the vineyard on the highest point where the soils are much sandier and free draining than those which are closer to the river bed. Flourishing under favourable climes, the grapes achieve heightened levels of natural sugar, leading to a significant ripening of intense flavours. Harvested throughout the cool of night, grapes are crushed and inoculated to choice yeasts, vinified over the course of several days and pumped over twice daily for maximum extraction. The finished wine is treated to an extended maturation in a selection of mainly French oak puncheons.
 
Dark ruby red colour. Aromas of ripe berry and chocolate, plum spice and earthy notes, caramel and savoury toasty oak. Medium to full bodied palate, plum and cherry spice, cedar and black fruits over a lovely silken texture, Elderton shows gorgeous balance between sweet chocolatey fruit and earthy spicy tannins. A treat with grilled lamb, couscous and jus de viande.
Fermoy Margaret River Merlot
Margaret River
Available by the dozen
$2499each
$299DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
Fowles 490m Cabernet Merlot
Strathbogie
Available by the dozen
Cabernet and Merlot perform brilliantly on the Strathbogie Ranges. Assembled into a single wine, they capture the heart of suitors in search of a soft, early drinking table red. 490m is an inspired effort by the team at Plunkett Fowles, who consumate the most gratifying wines from within the environment of their high altitude home. A vibrant accord of fruit, supported by the most congenial tannins. Soft and approachable, keen to cultivate your friendship, 490m loves pizza, a shared bowl of pasta or a quiet drink by the fire.
$1599each
$191DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
Perched on a hill at the edge of Strathbogie Ranges, the stunning Plunkett Fowles wineworks with its arching roof is a local landmark visible from afar. This sizable operation is the result of a merger between Plunkett Wines, Dominion Wines, and Strathbogie Vintners. The partnership between the Plunkett and Fowles families came together in 2005 with the acquisition of a new and beautiful winery. The Plunketts bring practical ability in making brilliant wine with their skill at vinification techniques, Fowles bring a wealth of experience in the arts of management. Following the harvest and crush, inoculation and vinification, 490m was treated to a term of age and development in a combination of tightly grained oak barrels.
 
Bright scarlet colour. Rich and dense bouquet, complex aromas of liquorice and ripe plum, cherries and chocolate, violets and spice. Essentially dry on the palate but is rich with sweet fruit characters, damson and black cherry, blueberry, brambles and cassis. 490m is supported by a length of ripe tannins, kept invigorating and vital by refreshingly light acids. To accompany veal tortellini or eggplant, mushroom and spinach lasagna.
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