Fernfield Old River Red Eden Valley Merlot
The quality wine producing family of Giesen harness the sun-drenched slopes of Gisborne in New Zealand's North Island to produce this engaging and smooth Merlot. Blueberry, blackcurrant and plum notes dominate this flavoursome red which also possesses a soft tannin structure that is moulded for immediate enjoyment. Giesen Merlot is not only delicious on its own, but is the perfect pairing for barbecue meats and charcuterie plates.
Taylors Estate Merlot
In just a few short decades, the Taylor family have etched out a formidable reputation for producing high quality wine from their Clare Valley vineyards. This textbook Merlot captures the varietal characters of berries, fruitcake and velvety tannins. The judicious use of French and American oak adds mocha and vanilla softens and rounds the palate.
Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Merlot
With a long history in the Barossa Valley, the Thorn-Clarke family can boast six generations of involvement in the wine industry. Recently starting up their own venture (1998) Thorn-Clarke continue to win multiple awards for their great value wines including this soft, plush and vibrant Merlot. The Dan Murphy's Wine Panel believe this is the best sub-$20 Merlot they've found for quite some time!
Grant Burge Hillcot Merlot
At last an affordable Merlot with some real varietal character! Grant Burge Hillcot range has soft ripe red berry and raspberry aromas on the nose. Followed by ripe plum and cherry flavours enhanced by well-integrated oak.
The pride of Michelini stable, this Merlot was sourced from the mature Buckland vineyard. On the nose it offers violet fruit characters supported by vanilla oak and a solid mid palate weight and flavour with soft fruit tannins and firm oak finish.
Haan Prestige Merlot
Château Tanunda Dahlitz Merlot
Château Tanunda Dahlitz Merlot displays lifted aromas of blueberry and plum supported by juicy dark berry fruits and chocolate and a hint of vanilla on the palate. The extensive finish is framed by elegant, fine-grained tannins from fifteen months' maturation in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels.
John Riddoch is not only a famous name in the region of Coonawarra, but an important figure in the Australian wine industry. His pioneering spirit and love of the region has been translated into this bottle of rich and smooth Coonawarra Merlot. Aromas and flavours of ripe plums, dense blueberry and a fine grain tannin structure to support. A welcome return from a highly regarded wine name that won't disappoint if opened today or cellared for the short to medium term.
Oyster Bay Merlot
The gravelly soils and sunny climate of Hawkes Bay are producing some of New Zealand's most exciting reds. This classy Merlot from Oyster Bay shows soft spicy varietal flavours such as, juicy plums and ripe dark fruits. Accompanied by well intergraded oak and subtle tannins, making this wine one of the easier matching to food.
Leconfield Merlot has big and juicy dark fruits, soft tannins all supported by lovely French oak. Paul Gordon continues to produce a serious Merlot for a great price, year in, year out. His Merlot is also one that will benefit from a little sit in the medium term cellar.