16 Jun 2015

Merlot--it's had a good run, been given plenty of starts and yet it's never really done much, at least here in Australia. It seems popular in the USA, although cynics say that's only because it's easy for Americans to pronounce.
But here's a wine that makes me re-think all this. It has real presence, it has attitude and it doesn't pretend to be soft and easy-drinking. There is a spine of tannin to give authority to the palate while the overall effect is of richness and volume. It has a pleasing fluidity across the palate--that's the Merlot part, if you like--and it's plain that the vines have been well-treated and low-cropped.
It's made me look at Merlot in a new light.