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2012 Smith & Hooper Reserve Merlot

From Wrattonbully , a region which appears to have developed the reputation of being the poor man’s Coonawarra. With names like Tapanappa and Terre à Terre making their mark that may all change. This Merlot is more perfunctory than ‘Reserve’ … Continue reading

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2012 McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Merlot

Metlot Sweet and sour flavours. Plums and berries. The sort of woody tannin I rightly or wrongly associate with oak staves. Vanilla custard. It’s all a bit hollow and skinny, and it doesn’t hang around long. 83 Region: Australia Alcohol: … Continue reading

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2012 Punt Road Yarra Valley Merlot

The Yarra Valley appears to have a number of sites suited to Merlot yet I don’t sense a lot of enthusiasm for the variety within the region. This would be one of the last Punt Road wines Kate Goodman played … Continue reading

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2011 Blue Poles Reserve Merlot

A (relatively small) increase in price may well lead to more sales. Wine is funny like that. A more compote-like character to the raspberry fruit high-tones than I remember from previous releases. Spicier too; cloves, cinnamon and fennel seeds. The … Continue reading

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2012 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Oakridge Vineyard Merlot

No-one ever mentions Oakridge winemaker David Bicknell’s unrelenting enthusiasm for Merlot. Medium-bodied, vital and structured. Very much the sort of expression I think we should be pursuing in Australia. Brambly fruit, both red and black, mingles with herbs, autumn leaf, … Continue reading

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2012 Ridgemill Estate Merlot

Tasted over three days. Certainly needs a thorough decant. The acidity starts out pokey but works itself into the wine in time. It never quite got to where I wanted it but that was my main complaint. Sweet blackberry and plums … Continue reading

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Is Orange the New Black?

“Other people aren’t the scariest part of prison…it’s coming face to face with who you really are. Because once you’re behind these walls, there’s nowhere to run, even if you could run. The truth catches up with you in here…and … Continue reading

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2011 TarraWarra K-Block Merlot

I was in a car driving past this vineyard, opposite the little valley that holds Giant Steps’ Tarraford vineyard, less than a month ago. No one much really likes to talk about Merlot in Australia but I enjoyed the glimpse … Continue reading

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2011 Cumulus Merlot

Something kept me coming back to this wine over three days yet it never really produced any enjoyment. I admire the savoury and serious intent that I see behind it but the tough vintage has probably won out it the … Continue reading

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2012 Redbank The Long Paddock Merlot

The more interesting of the two 2012 Redbank reds and for that reason it warrants a review. If you’re after a safer, less challenging and unremarkable red at around the $10 mark then you might be better off with the … Continue reading

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