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Merlots 

 

2004 Alan & Veitch Adelaide Hills Merlot    Beautifully crafted cool-climate savoury merlot; James Halliday - 90 points    $26.95 per bottle

2013 Craggy Range Sophia Merlot Cabernet Franc    "Rich and concentrated, this is nearly massive in its density and body, the fruit flavours filling the palate, showing succulent dark plums, liquorice as well as pepper, soy sauce and Oriental spices. The extraction is serious, and provides a powerful structure, yet the tannins are fine and powdery. The wine features incredible tension and freshness from the acidity, and the palate has great length" - Raymond Chan, 20.0 points out of 20 (PERFECT SCORE!); "A complex array of flavours on the palate including plum, dark berry, chocolate, spice and a hint of violet. Gorgeous wine with plenty of weight, a silken texture and real energy. Will be very long-lived" - Bob Campbell MW, 98 points; " A fine-grained wine. It's as if it's been deep-etched with a fine tip. It's powerfully built, minerally, chocolatey, sluiced with gravel and blackcurrant, and lifted by a variety of florals... Sophia always smells of money; this release does too, but the cash hangs out the top of the wallet, rather than being flashed around... A long termer, without question" - Campbell Mattinson, 95+ points; "The palate has superbly balanced sweet cherries and black fruits. It has presence and concentration but it's also quite understated, with fine-grained tannins and a fresh, dynamic personality. So fine, this has massive potential" - Jamie Goode, 95 points     $79.95 per bottle

2009 Craggy Range Sophia Merlot Cabernet Franc    "Rich and concentrated, this is nearly massive in its density and body, the fruit flavours filling the palate... The extraction is serious, and provides a powerful structure, yet the tannins are fine and powdery. The wine features incredible tension and freshness from the acidity, and the palate has great length. The balance of the wine offers remarkable accessibility, but this will develop greater interest and complexity over the next 10-15+ years" - Raymond Chan, 20.0 points out of 20 (PERFECT SCORE!); "Bordeaux beware: this is every bit as good as that of many classed growth chateaux wines from the outstanding '09 Bordeaux vintage... ultra-expressive bouquet... then awe-inspiring drive through the length of the classic medium-bodied palate" - James Halliday, 97 points; "Deep set buoyant wine... Very smooth and seductive wine. Power and elegance. One for the long haul" - Andrew Caillard MW, 19 points out of 20; "Deeply coloured, full-bodied, sweet-fruited and supple, with highly concentrated, ripe cassis, plum and spice flavours" - Michael Cooper *****; "Delicious rich, ripe and smooth... full-bodied, sweet-fruited and supple, with highly concentrated, ripe cassis, plum and spice flavours" - Winestate *****      $89.95 per bottle

2008 Craggy Range Sophia Merlot Cabernet Franc    "Elegant, seamless red... A peacocks tail of layered flavours is displayed on the finish. Subtle power and extraordinary length with a great mouthfeel and silken texture. Restrained, elegant wine with great potential" - Gourmet Traveller Wine, 97 points *****; "A wine that will develop silken textures with fragrance and cedar"- Raymond Chan, 18.5 points     $84.95 per bottle

2007 Craggy Range Sophia Merlot Cabernet Franc    1st Placing - 2009 Wine Spectator Review (Gimblett Gravels versus Bordeaux Tasting); "This is one of the finest Bordeaux blends ever made in New Zealand. It will be a wonderful keeping wine... VALUE" - Geoff Kelly, 19.5 points *****; "Thoroughly justifies its exalted status... A very serious red... the best wine under this label since it was first made in 2001" - Bob Campbell MW, 97 points *****; "Full-bodied and beautifully balanced... a stunning wine... Superb" - Neal Martin, 95 points; "An elegant, balanced, classic wine, flush with plummy, curranty, chocolatey flavour and touched by spice. As is so often the case with superior wines, it... a smooth, complete wine" - The Wine Front, 95 points     $96.95 per bottle

2002 Dog Ridge DV11 Merlot     Rich & profound       $29.95 a bottle

2006 Esk Valley Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec    A fragrant, finely structured, beautifully proportioned wine that can not be recommended highly enough for those looking for affordable alternatives to quality Bordeaux; "It's substantial, loaded with flavour and personality" - Warren Barton, Top 100 Wines     $29.95 per bottle

2002 Mitchelton Blackwood Park Merlot     Superb value - Trophy for Best Merlot at 2004 Royal Sydney Wine Show; "Real merlot should be gutsy and built with an astringent, tannic grip to give it structure. This is what the Mitchelton Merlot delivers. Ripe, rich fruit with dark cherry and bitter chocolate flavours combine beautifully with a soft, coconut-oak influence... try this example to see what real merlot is about" - Fergus McGhie; "The palate is generously proportioned, with a fruit-filled middle. Ripe, balanced tannins provide an excellent counterpoint to the satisfying flavour" - Winewise, Highly Recommended     $24.95 per bottle

2001 Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Vineyard Merlot     The Wine Front - 91 points; Jeremy Oliver - 90 points       $37.95 per bottle

2000 Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Vineyard Merlot      Jeremy Oliver - 91 points    $37.95 per bottle

2004 Mount Burrumboot Estate Heathcote Merlot      James Halliday - 91 points; Winestate ****     $26.95 per bottle

2004 Murdock Merlot     "Powerful, dense plum and blackcurrant fruit" - James Halliday, 94 points; "Supremely elegant and beautifully balanced" - Huon Hooke; "Real varietal character" - Ralph Kyte-Powell ****     $25.95 per bottle

2002 Penny's Hill Malpas Road Merlot     Tim White 92 points; James Halliday 90 points      $32.50 per bottle

2007 Picardy Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc    A delicious wine, made very much in the style of the Merlot dominant St Emilion/Pomerol wines; all about elegance and refinement; "A fleshy, soft elegantly weighted wine with pristine cassis fruit... seamless dark-fruit flavours" - Huon Hooke, 94 points *****; "A most attractive and fragrant wine with fresh cassis notes giving a juicy cast to the palate" - James Halliday, 94 point     $29.95 per bottle

2003 Picardy Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc    "Attractive cassis, blackberry and cedar mix; very good balance and mouthfeel" - James Halliday, 94 points      $34.95 per bottle

2001 Plantagenet Rocky Horror Merlot     "Impressive colour, bouquet, palate and finish all signal a merlot in heroic style, with layers of blackcurrant, olive and substantial, but balanced, tannins" - Halliday's Top 100 of 2003, 95 points    $34.95 per bottle

2002 Sevenhill Cellars Merlot      Outstanding - Trophy Best Merlot Sydney Royal Wine Show    $29.50 per bottle

2003 Shelmerdine Yarra Valley Merlot      $24.50 per bottle

2010 The Lake House Single Vineyard Merlot     $24.95 per bottle