(2008) With a price tag and its a heavy, broad-shouldered bottle, Rickety Bridge's Merlot is clearly pitched as a fairly serious wine. It spent 24 months in French oak barrels, of which 25% was new. It has an attractively cedary nose, with a deep pool of blackcurrant fruit, and just a hint of briary undergrowth. There is possibly just a touch of Brettanomyces evident in these reds I think, but not at troublesome levels. In the mouth the fruit is very plush, ripe and forward, filling the mouth with creamy-textured and deep plum and blackcurrant flavours, set against a slightly harsh background of grippy tannin, slightly raw oak, and alcohol that is a touch hot just unbalancing the wine slightly. It is juicy enough and quite tangy, and its European styling suggests this again needs food to show at its best.