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(2012) >From the relatively cool Adelaide Hills, often the source of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this lightly-oaked Merlot has cedar and spice on the nose, a touch of lifted green herbs and floral notes, and juicy plum fruit. The palate is fairly lean in style, despite a fairly hefty 14.5% alcohol, as grippy tannins and acidity, and a certain spiciness, are set against the fruit. There's spice again in the finish in a wine that doesn't fall into the soft and soppy Merlot trap, and which has the structure and serious edge to make it a fine match with lamb or venison.
(2012) >From the relatively cool Adelaide Hills, often the source of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this lightly-oaked Merlot has cedar and spice on the nose, a touch of lifted green herbs and floral notes, and juicy plum fruit. The palate is fairly lean in style, despite a fairly hefty 14.5% alcohol, as grippy tannins and acidity, and a certain spiciness, are set against the fruit. There's spice again in the finish in a wine that doesn't fall into the soft and soppy Merlot trap, and which has the structure and serious edge to make it a fine match with lamb or venison.
(2011) 14.5%. Clare Valley. Typically big, creamy, vanilla and cream nose with lots of cherry-edged, dark bramble fruit. Big and very, very sweet fruit on the palate, which floods across the tongue with lots of keen black fruit, all given a bit of a gamy, robust earthy and spicy edge. Loads of flavour here, that little crisp cherry-skin edge adding nice freshness into the finish.
(2010) This wine shares some of Shiraz Viognier's kirsch-like lift, but the meaty, more peppery and dense fruit quality is apparent. On the palate this has a plum-like fruitiness, with fine sweetness and a nicely grippy, charcoally edge to the powdery tannins. That dryness makes this quite savoury, despite the fruit sweetness, with a touch of meat-stock quality too.
(2010) There's a soft, vanilla and earthy spice warmth to this wine, with deep, cassis and blueberry fruit. On the palate a rush of that intense, sweet-edged but bittersweet fruit, with black cherry skin bite and plenty of crisp acidity. In fact, along with dry tannins, this is perhaps just a shade aggressive in the finish - but that's always preferable in Merlot to over-sweetness or lack of bite.
(2010) Very vibrant purple colour and hugely lifted nose, with kirsch and violets and lots of wafting perfume as well as a touch of graphite. On the palate this is dry and maintains a nice cherry-skin edge with tight tannins and a lean core of acidity. It is a brisk, flavoursome wine that has the bite to handle grilled lamb chops or pork belly with crackling.
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