Saturday, 17 December 2016

2014 Watershed Shades Merlot



Magical Merlot with a soft, seductive body. Lashings of dark fruit and even a little bit of Margaret River style thrown into the equation. Looking for something without the kick of Shiraz or Cabernet, then this Merlot is your man.

Original review published by Crack A Wines

Saturday, 3 December 2016

2013 Pizzini King Valley Merlot



Merlot is constantly maligned in Australia but we think it gets an unfair wrap and there are many winemakers proving the doomsayers wrong. This example from the cool King Valley is wonderfully varietal with notes of plum and spice and savoury undertones of leather, earth and chocolate. As befitting the grape you can expect a soft and round palate with silky tannins and lovely structure. It finishes surprisingly long making it an ideal partner with pasta with meatballs.

Original review published by Crack A Wines

Thursday, 17 November 2016

2016 Yalumba Y Series Merlot



The Yalumba 'Y Series' strikes again with this medium-bodied, brightly fruited Merlot from South Australia. Black and blue fruits waft out of the glass, along with fleshy plums and a hint of meatiness, before the palate kicks in with juicy, plummy flavours, slinky tannins, bright acidity, and a fruit and savoury finish that will see this match well with lamb chops and thick-cut chips.

Original review published by Crack A Wines

Thursday, 3 November 2016

2013 Whistle Post Merlot



Whistle Post is a family-owned winery that is quite new to the winescape having been established in 2012. They are already turning out affordable and totally smashable wines that will please the crowd as shown in this smooth, medium-bodied merlot. Smells of ripe plums, red berries and subtle toasted cedar waft out of the glass, whilst the palate is elegant and fleshy fruited, with soft plummy flavours, gentle tannins, and a decent, fruit and savoury finish. Great with burgers!

Original review published by Crack A Wines

Monday, 17 October 2016

2014 Elderton Barossa Merlot



"Merlot is your friend" is the mantra at Cracka HQ as we convince people there’s a lot to be liked about this often ridiculed red. The Elderton’s are not afraid to embrace the grape and have turned out a Barossa version that is generous and round with heaps of flavour. Expect a core of plum and spice before a palate of rich fruitcake and red fruits that is influenced by cedary oak and has firm grained tannins on the finish.

Original review published by Crack A Wines

Monday, 3 October 2016

2014 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Merlot



Anyone who thinks Merlot is soft and boring, think again. Here is a serious Merlot that will turn you
sideways (pun intended) and change your mind. This dark, youthful wine is unapologetically in your face with ripe plums, spiced berries and mocha hints on the nose, before driving your palate wild with a plummy, rich centre, fine-grained tannins and tight acidity to keep things trucking along. It's a brooding wine that will benefit from a couple more years in the cellar, but if you can't wait, give it some air and drink with slow-roast lamb shoulder for Sunday lunch.

Original review published by Crack A Wines

Saturday, 17 September 2016

2015 Taylors Estate Merlot



It’s a lively wine with plum and cherry fruit aromas as well as some seductive chocolate aromas. The palate is a joyous combination of plum, chocolate and spice all carried along by grainy tannins before a persistent finish. Great BYO wine as it goes well with both pizza and pasta dishes.

Original review published by Crack A Wines

Saturday, 3 September 2016

2013 Bird in Hand Merlot



Merlot is a funny old beast. In Australia it has suffered from a PR crisis but the best ones are worth
latching on to and worth shouting about. This one from Adelaide Hills’ legends Bird In Hand shows just how juicy and drinkable this style can be, especially with some barbecued ribs. It shows just the right amount of plum fruit and plush texture and finishes with supple tannins.

Original review published by Crack A Wines

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

2015 Norfolk Rise Vineyard Merlot



If you want a guaranteed crowd-pleasingg wine then the Norfolk Rise Merlot is going top kick goals
every time. It’s a wine you don’t need to question, it just delivers medium bodied class in the glass every time. It’s elegantly framed by cherry, chocolate and hints of vanilla that follow onto the generous palate that shows good length and soft tannins. This wine tastes alarmingly good with barbecued lamb chops.

Original review published by Crack A Wines

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

2015 Redbank The Long Paddock Merlot



This more medium-bodied merlot is not what it seems. There's a cheeky splash of sangiovese in the mix, which compliments everything rather nicely. It's a little more than a soft and fruity number, showing aromas of red cherries, dark plums and star anise on the nose, with just a touch of earthy savouriness. The palate has a richness of fruit, but it also has a bit of grip to the tannins that lead to a cherry and savoury finish that screams out for food. It's a bargain at the price, and would be great with some cured meats, or even braised oxtail.

Original review published by Crack A Wines

Sunday, 17 July 2016

2015 Deakin Estate Merlot



The Merlot conundrum continues to plague the nation, lots of wine folk say Australia don’t do it well but judging by consumer demand we beg to differ. Deakin know how to do good Merlot and here’s the evidence; an easy-drinking red that would work brilliantly with pasta and meatballs. It’s lively with blueberry, plum and chocolate aromas. The palate highlights the cherry with a generous mouthfeel and smoother than smooth tannins.

Original review published by Crack A Wines

Sunday, 3 July 2016

2014 Geoff Merrill Single Vineyard McLaren Vale Merlot



This McLaren Vale Merlot is proper good. So good that we had to stop and check that Geoff hadn't mislabelled one of his special reserve wines. What makes this red great is that the classic Merlot fruit has some proper structure behind it, with actual tannins and flavour making this impressive mid-weight vino. Not that we're surprised, Geoff Merrill has a way with Merlot and a way with McLaren Vale... Are you going to go his way?

If you like Merlot, or have a friend who likes Merlot, or a dog named Merlot, or a dog that drinks Merlot than what are you waiting for - grab some of this today!

Original review published by Crack A Wines

Friday, 17 June 2016

2015 Tahbilk One Million Cuttings Merlot



Poor old Merlot gets a gets a bad wrap. It really does. Once the cool kid, it is now way back in the
line, sitting behind the swagger of Pinot Noir and the shiny newness of Nero d'Avola or Tempranillo. But you know what? Good Merlot is delicious. Rich, soft, generous - it can be lovely red wine. And this Tahbilk One Million Cuttings Merlot fits that brief perfectly, showing everything good about Merlot. No need for trickery, no fancy names, just loads of plummy fruit, a liberal dash of spice, all backed up by that trademark varietal generosity. This Merlot has everything you want.

Merlot - we still like you, especially when you taste this good!

Original review published by Crack A Wines

Friday, 3 June 2016

Renieri 2012 Grido Merlot



Made entirely from Merlot, this opens with subtle black currant and bell pepper aromas. The straightforward palate delivers black cherry jam, dark chocolate and vanilla notes, with firm but polished tannins. Drink 2017–2022.

Original review published by Wine Mag

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Y Rousseau 2013 Pépé Cavedale Vineyard Merlot



Named for the producer's French grandfather, Pépé is peppery in clove and Mexican cinnamon, with
an abundance of black cherry. Made in small amounts, it shows a softness around its rounded edges of structure and moderate body of acidity, finishing with length and grace.

Original review published by Wine Mag

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Broken Earth 2013 Reserve Merlot



Cherry pie, cherry candy and dried ginger notes converge for a very approachable and inviting nose
on this bottling from a sprawling vineyard in eastern Paso Robles. It's light in body, but solid red cherry, cedar and smoked chocolate flavors keep it lively.

Original review published by Wine Mag

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Elena Walch 2013 Kastelaz Riserva Merlot



This 100% Merlot opens with delicate aromas of black currant, tilled earth and a whiff of vanilla. The
ripe palate offers black-skinned berries, pipe tobacco and hints of toast alongside assertive tannins. Drink through 2020.

Original review published by Wine Mag

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Damiani 2012 Reserve Merlot



Dark, ripe and concentrated, this voluptuous red offers loads of Merlot's characteristically plush plum and cherry flavors. It's also a deeply nuanced wine with pretty violet and chocolate notes mingling into spicy licorice and graphite. Richly textured, yet neatly balanced, it's drinking beautifully now but should hold well over the next decade.

Original review published by Wine Mag

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Drink Red Wine Give You Gorgeous Skin


Imagine checking in with your dermatologist for help clearing up a breakout…and leaving her office with a script for pinot noir. Sounds farfetched, but there’s new science behind it. A just-released study demonstrated that an antioxidant found in the grapes used to make red wine slowed the growth of bacteria that cause acne. Not only that, but the antioxidant, resveratrol, also boosted the anti-bacterial properties of benzoyl peroxide, the active ingredient of many over–the-counter acne medications.
The study, published in the journal Dermatology and Therapy, played out like this. In a lab, researchers began growing the specific type of bacteria that causes acne. When resveratrol was applied to the thriving bacteria colony, it slowed bacteria growth. The study team then added benzoyl peroxide to the resveratrol and applied the two to the bacteria, creating a potent combo that put the brakes on bacterial growth for a sustained period of time.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Shiloh Winery 2014 Secret Reserve Merlot



Dark ruby to the eye, this wine has a nose of raspberry and birch root. Flavors of blackberry, black
cherry, smoked meat, vanilla custard and anise move across the palate, with fruit and smoke notes rising and receding in rhythm. Zesty cherry notes linger on the tongue despite strong but pleasant tannins.

Original review published by Wine Mag

Thursday, 3 March 2016

De Stefani 2014 Plavis Merlot


Made entirely with Merlot, this offers aromas of black-skinned fruit and baking spice. The straightforward approachable palate shows black plum, tobacco and a vanilla note framed in supple tannins. Enjoy soon.


Original review published by Wine Mag 

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Enate 2011 Merlot

Cedary plum and berry aromas are savory and ripe, but not overt. This feels layered and almost lush, with grabby tannins. Flavors of blackberry, baking spices, cocoa and mocha finish chewy, chocolaty and long. This is a serious Merlot to drink through 2019.

Original review published by Wine Mag 

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Occasio 2013 Thatcher Bay Vineyard Merlot


Subtle power and a structure built for aging lift this wine above the crowd. It has deep and concentrated black cherry and cassis flavors, an abundance of fine-grained tannins, velvety texture, and a tasty, lingering finish. Best after 2019.


Original review published by Wine Mag 

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Recanati 2013 Reserve Manara Vineyard Merlot

A bouquet of cherry, apple and cranberry primes the taste buds for flavors of blackberry, red plum, butterscotch, mint and coffee. There is a good balance of slightly grippy tannins and bold acidity, wrapping up in a bright, lasting cherry finish. One or two years of aging should mellow the tannins to perfection, so try after 2017.






Original review published at Wine Mag

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Psagot 2014 Merlot


This wine offers a delightful bouquet of blackberry and rose petal with touches of salinity It issmooth and silky at first sip, with flavors of black plum, cherry, chocolate, lavender, and freshly roasted coffee. As it makes its way around the mouth, stern tannins make their presence known and then recede into a finish notable for a lingering espresso bean flavor.














This review appeared in Wine Mag