Not many would associate the Orange region in NSW with Merlot, but the fact is they have been
turning out pretty spiffy Merlots for a while, courtesy of makers like Bloodwood and Philip Shaw. This offering is quite a fruity number, with oak playing a supporting role. Aromas of bright red plums and cherries, with whiffs of earthy savouriness. The palate is more medium-bodied, smooth and red-fruited, with gentle tannins, poised acidity, and a soft, pillowy finish. Just the thing for tomatoey pasta dishes.