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2013 Bird in Hand Merlot

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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.

Winemaker's Notes

The complex, well structured palate offers silky tannins, succulent fruit and a supple texture. Fleshy plum and spice are most apparent amongst a complex mix of flavours.

The richness and vibrancy of the fruit ensures a long and persistent finish from this balanced and elegant wine.

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2013 Bird in Hand Merlot

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Matured in French oak. The bouquet is fragrant, and the medium-bodied palate has the mix of plum, cassis and spice flavours of cool-grown merlot, its wreath of fine, savoury/spicy tannins helps extend an already long palate. When the new clones of merlot become more widespread, the reputation of the variety will no longer have to be defended.
By 2028
Wine Companion
95
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Full, bright crimson-purple; one of a distinguished breed of merlots from Bird in Hand stretching back over the years; there is a purity to the cassis and plum fruit, with just a hint of olive to add to the complexity, oak and tannins in precisely judged support. 14.5% alc.
To 2015
Dec 2013/ Jan 2014
95
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
90
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
2017
Australian Wine Companion 2012
92
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Nice depth here; there's mulberry and some blackberry fruit too, a little oak spice woven in amid dark plums and honey. With soft, supple tannins and decent weight, this has a really charming fleshy side and even-handed balance. The tannins build slowly and grip softly through the finish.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Has more mouthfeel and weight than most merlots without losing varietal expression; a foundation of cassis/redcurrant with glints of black olive and spice. .
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Intense flavours of cassis, blackcurrant and a touch of olive; particularly good mouthfeel, line and length. A rare beast — or, rather, bird.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
The high alcohol does invest the wine with sweetness which is a little distracting; this apart, the texture and weight are good.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Clean; good varietal expression; olive and spice notes to red and black fruits; supple tannins and mouthfeel.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
91
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; strongly varietal savoury, spicy edges around a core of dark fruits; very well made.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
92

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