Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Vintners Edge a Great Merlot



Hi. Welcome to my Merlot a Day. This is Wayne Mansfield, as we travel around the country; back to my place of birth, Margaret River, in west Australia, before it was famous. When I was brought up there in the '50s and '60s, nobody in their right mind would think you could grow world-classwine.

When you travel the world now, there's a couple spots that people know really well about Australia; that's Sydney Harbor Bridge, Melbourne, for all the football, the Barossa Valley, and Margaret River, for all its
amazing wines.

What a lot of people don't know about Margaret River is they developed a number of bulk vineyards where they don't have a particular label that they grow for. Somebody comes in, pools the wine, and blends them, and they come up with a particularly good drop of wine.

On a bigger scale, Wolf Blass, an Australian icon in the wine industry, doesn't have a vineyard that I'm aware of. He goes each year, buys particularly good wines and blends them. His wine label is world-renowned as gold medal-winning and a great taste if you've going to have a chance of sampling it. What I'm going to share with you today is a cab-merlot from a Vintner's Edge; a cab-merlot, which is a blend of the cabernet and the
merlot. What that does is takes the edge off the cabernet.

If the wine blender is a merlot drinker, it will end up tasting a bit more like merlot. This one, I think the blender was a cab drinker so it's a bit more like a cab sav than a merlot, but it's still a particularly beautiful drop.

What it says in the notes on the back, there's a couple of interesting things. It says the bottle weighs less, therefore it takes less energy ant it's this kinder footprint for the carbon footprint. That as it may be,
here's the interesting thing that it says: 'Our grapes have been features in many distinguished Margaret River wines that you have probably enjoyed over the past.' There is my point, these wines are probably in some of the better-known Margaret River brands, labels, and at 2 and 3 times the price of this bottle.

This one's a really great value. If you buy it by the dozen, you're going to pay about $10 a bottle. With a different brand on it from Margaret River, it might be $35, $40 a bottle. Vintner's Edge Cabernet Merlot 2009; that's from the year of the wine glut when everything grew perfectly. It's well worth a visit. I recommend that you have this when friends are around because you're going to get through 3 or 4 bottles of this because it is such a nice drink. My friends, both men and women, enjoy this because it just is such a delightful drink.

On my wine scale, it's a 4 out of 5, given that it is a blend. We really would not be able to say it came from that part of Margaret River; the top, the south, the east, or the west; it comes from somewhere there. Until next time, this is Wayne Mansfield saying,

'Enjoy your merlot, and chin chin.'