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2014 Philip Shaw The Conductor Merlot

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

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.

Winemaker's Notes

Merlot is well suited to the cool climate conditions of the Orange region, producing consistent crops of high quality fruit in the Koomooloo vineyard. The Conductor wears a medium colour with a bright red hue and smells of rich clear berry fruits. Aromatics are complex and layered with strong varietal fruit overriding the supportive vanilla from barrel age. This 100% Merlot is mouth filling with the bright varietal flavours well supported by fine fruit tannins.

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2014 Philip Shaw The Conductor Merlot

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
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