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2013 Yalumba Y Series Merlot Barossa Valley Merlot

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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.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Deep crimson

Aroma: Cedar and blackcurrants greet the drinker; intense dark fruits with Indian style spices and cracked peppercorn

Palate: The palate shows briar and red fruits such as cherry and plum upfront and leads into a soft and velvety middle palate. This merlot is truly varietal and generous

Enjoy with: Vegetarian korma. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2013 Yalumba Y Series Merlot Barossa Valley Merlot

Expert Reviews

Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
There are plenty of blue fruits and a gently meaty edge to the nose here; fresh and lively. The palate has bright and crunchy fruit flavours in the mixed berry spectrum, and a really brisk, crunchy finish.
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Good Wine Guide
88
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
An accurate expression of the fragrant violet allure of merlot, this is a light-bodied rendition of blackcurrants, blackberries and finely textured tannins.
WINE100 2012
89
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light, bright crimson; the red berry bouquet leads into a light- to medium-bodied palate with distinctive varietal character, cassis - black olive, plum and spice all to be found - and the tannins fine.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
90
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
My goodness, I'm recommending a merlot that's regularly discounted under $10. I never thought I'd see the day! Its plush dark fruits, layers of mixed spice and touch of violet perfume make it appealing and - dare I say - varietal!
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
89
Campbell Mattinson (2009 Vintage) says
The Y Series reds are very cleverly made. Balance is usually the key. I tried this alongside the Yalumba Y Series Shiraz of the same vintage. And while I reckon this is a pretty decent wine - especially given the price - the shiraz outshines it. This tastes of polished cedar and mulberry, woodspice and twiggy blackberries. It's good (to very good) for the most part, but it leaves a bitter aftertaste. It's a pity because for the most part, it tastes (and smells) excellent.
The Wine Front, 2011 2011
86
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
87
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Dark plum and hints of cedar on the bouquet; quite obvious tannins, and the fruit is a little subdued; not the sweet fruit many expect from merlot.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; uncompromising savoury herbal olive varietal fruit; the tannins and oak are quite sweet, however, and provide balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
87
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Youthful, crimson purple; the light, clean bouquet has savoury redcurrant aromas proclaiming its varietal base; the palate has good texture, with some clever fruit handling to give sweetness to the back palate; comes together very well.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
86

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