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Merlot 2020

Ripe berry, rich fruitcake flavours and soft, velvety tannins. French and American oak impart dark chocolate, coffee bean and vanilla characters.

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Previous Vintages 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Region Clare Valley (48%) / Limestone Coast (52%)
Colour At release, the wine is a dark red with an intense purple hue.
Nose The wine has distinct aromas of black cherries and ripe strawberries abound with secondary spice, sweet mocha and cigar box characters evident.
Palate At release, this wine is medium to full-bodied with lush red berry, plum and cherry fruit characters. The fruit flavours are balanced by undertones of creamy mocha, spice & subtle savoury characters. The palate has a soft, velvety texture with grainy tannins through the mid-palate and a long, persistence to finish.
Oak Maturation The wine was matured in a mixture of French & American oak barrels for a period of 6 months before being blended & bottled.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a medium term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 14.5
Acid: 5.91
PH: 3.50
Residual Sugar: 0.30
Wine Type: Red
Wine Body: Medium
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2021
  • Gilbert & Gaillard International -Guides Des Vin
  • Gold
  • 2021
  • Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Gold
  • 2021
  • World Value Wine Challenge BTI
  • Gold
  • 2020
  • Dan Berger International Wine Competition
  • Silver
  • 2021
  • San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • Silver
  • 2021
  • Harvest Challenge
  • Silver
  • 2021
  • Royal Adelaide Wine Show
  • Silver
  • 2021
  • New York World Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Silver
  • 2021
  • Sydney Royal Wine Show
  • Silver
  • 2021
  • International Wine Awards
  • Silver
  • 2021
  • Texsom International Wine Awards
  • Silver
  • 2021
  • Wine Showcase Magazine New Release Tasting
  • Silver
  • 2021
  • West Coast Wine Competition (East Meets West)
  • Silver
  • 2021
  • New World Wine Awards
  • Bronze
  • 2021
  • Royal Queensland Wine Show
  • Bronze
  • 2021
  • International Wine & Spirit Competition
  • Bronze
  • 2021
  • Millennial Wine Beer & Spirit Competition
  • Bronze
  • 2021
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value
  • Bronze
  • 2021
  • Perth Royal Wine Awards
  • Bronze
  • Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review

    Nov 2021
    92 Points
    Intense, bright merlot occupying centre-stage with dark berry, liquorice, vanilla, chocolate-mocha and spicy oak in a supporting role. It occupies the middle ground between elegant and blockbuster. It has nice energy.
  • Jeni Port, Wine Pilot

    Apr 2021
    90 Points
    ...Merlot is generally not shy when it comes to gorgeous, unbridled, arresting, aromatic fruits and spices: rose, violet, musk, raspberry, mulberry, plum, et. al. Trouble is, winemakers sometimes try too hard to make a lot more of those features and often fail, filling merlot up with oak and playing with tannin and acidity to introduce more structure. Here, the less is more credo applies. The maker lets the fruit have its way and it’s all the better for it. It’s super appealing in brilliant purple. Fresh as a button with aromas of mulberry, cherry, leafiness and florals to the fore. Smooth on the palate with plenty of ripe plummy-ness and generous spice throughout. Oak to the background. Not a heavy wine and gets the merlot weight just right.
  • Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine

    Oct 2021
    5 Stars
    The 2020 Estate Merlot is exceptional: very intensely flavored, full bodied, and moderately rich, with good balance, light oakiness, and a very long finish, tasting of verry, raspberry, black currant, and toast. Cna be aged a bit. Aged 6 months in American and French oak barrels. 52% Limestone Coast, 48% Clare Valley.