Hi. This is Wayne Mansfield, with my Merlot a Day spot. We're going to continue through on our great Australian merlots. Today, I've got a bottle of Grant Burge from Barossa Valley, called Hillcot Merlot 2011.
This is pushing the boundaries of what I normally pay for merlot, but this is fabulous. You'll probably pay somewhere between $20 and $30 at a bottle shop for this, between $50 and $70 at a restaurant. It is really great.
Let me just read a little bit off the back: 'First planted in 1980, with merlot and cab sav. The wine mag is impressed by the quality of the merlot and decided that it should be just by itself.' This merlot is particularly good. On the scale of 1 to 5, in my Merlots of the Day, this one is touching towards the top end of that.
I'd recommend this.
It's not the sort of thing that you can drink by yourself on a lonely night watching the cricket. It's the sort of thing that you should share with friends. My very strong recommendation: When you're at the bottle shop, seek out Grant Burge from Barossa Valley, Hillcot Merlot. This one is 2011, but I'm sure that they run anywhere from 5 to 10 years in range in terms of what they're available at.
Until next time when we share Merlots of the Day, this is Wayne Mansfield saying chin-chin.