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Merlot 2018

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

Member Price
$18.70
$112.20 / case
Standard Price
$22.00
$132.00 / case
More Information
Previous Vintages 2016, 2017
Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine is a dark red with an intense purple hue.
Nose At release, the wine displays lifted aromas of raspberry, cherry and violets with enticing vanilla bean, spice and cinnamon from quality oak maturation.
Palate At release, the wine showcases layers of ripe, dark fruit alongside rich fruit cake characters. The texture is exactly as you would expect with a velvety softness. Oak maturation has delivered flavours of vanilla, mocha and subtle spice and the finish has a pleasing degree of elegance.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a medium term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 14
Acid: 5.68
Residual Sugar: 1.9
Wine Type: Red
Wine Body: Medium
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2019
  • Mundus Vini International Wine Awards
  • Grand Gold
  • 2020
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value
  • Double Gold
  • 2019
  • New World Wine Awards
  • Gold
  • 2019
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards
  • Gold
  • 2019
  • Vinus International Wine & Spirit Competition
  • Gold
  • 2019
  • World Value Wine Challenge BTI
  • Gold
  • 2019
  • Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Gold
  • 2019
  • Tasters Guild Wine Lovers International Consumer Wine Judging
  • Gold
  • 2019
  • International Wine Awards
  • Gold
  • 2019
  • Wine Showcase Magazine New Release Tasting
  • Silver
  • 2020
  • Mondial Du Merlot
  • Silver
  • 2019
  • San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • Silver
  • 2019
  • Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition
  • Silver
  • 2019
  • New Zealand International Wine Show
  • Silver
  • 2020
  • Selections Mondial Des Vins CANADA
  • Silver
  • 2019
  • International Wine & Spirit Competition
  • Silver
  • 2019
  • Royal Adelaide Wine Show
  • Silver
  • 2019
  • Japan Wine Challenge
  • Silver
  • 2019
  • Clare Valley Wine Show
  • Bronze
  • 2019
  • American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition
  • Bronze
  • 2019
  • Perth Royal Wine Show
  • Bronze
  • 2019
  • International Wine Challenge Tranche 1
  • Bronze
  • 2019
  • Wine Luxe International Wine Awards
  • Bronze
  • 2019
  • Royal Hobart International Wine Show
  • Bronze
  • 2019
  • Millennial Award Show
  • Bronze
  • 2019
  • Decanter Asia Wine Awards
  • Commended
  • Vic Harradine, Wine Current

    Nov 2020
    92 Points
    Rich ripe fruit aromas - mulberry, bramble berry and juicy black cherry - leap frm the glass decorated with sprigs of savoury herbs. It captures the palate with a surge of dark cherry/berry flavours adorned with black licorice, mocha, vanilla bean and plenty of tang-infused pizzazz. It's medium-full bodied with creamy-smooth texture, deft balance, terrific value and a delicious dry finish and aftertaste with hints of mineral notes. Give this a go with grilled rack of lamb. This is good to go now and on to 2025.
  • Ted McIntyre, The Lush Life

    Nov 2020
    89 Points
    It's Christmas in a bottle, with fruitcake-like flavours of leathery, juicy plum, dark sour cherries, dried herbs and a 14% alcohol that's fairly evident. Tannins are drying but not overpowering, while the palate, with a little mocha creeping in, is fairly smooth through to its better-than-average finish. It'll cellar until 2025, and could probably use a couple years to round out.