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2013 Pizzini King Valley Merlot

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

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.

Winemaker's Notes

The sensitivity of merlot to site and climate is much underrated in Australia and we reckon we've got a good spot - this shows in both ripeness and elegance. The nose has mulberry, plum fruits and anise. Flavours run the same thread, wrapped in smooth, soft tannin from gentle oak handling and finishing with approachable juicy crunch.

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2013 Pizzini King Valley Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
88
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a lively wine, with plum, redcurrant and savoury spice components on the bouquet and palate; has good balance and a longer finish that many merlots in its price range.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Has good bottle-developed character, spicy notes coming through on the bouquet and the medium-bodied palate, which has varietal cassis and snow pea flavours.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Strong colour; equally emphatic varietal expression; black olives and some spicy/earthy notes. Better than many far more expensive versions.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89

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