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2015 Deakin Estate Merlot

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The Merlot conundrum continues to plague the nation, lots of wine folk say Australia don’t do it well but judging by consumer demand we beg to differ. Deakin know how to do good Merlot and here’s the evidence; an easy-drinking red that would work brilliantly with pasta and meatballs. It’s lively with blueberry, plum and chocolate aromas. The palate highlights the cherry with a generous mouthfeel and smoother than smooth tannins.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2015 Deakin Estate Merlot fruit was fermented in sweeping arm Potter fermenters with pump overs designed to extract good colour and only, soft round tannins, appropriate to the style. Pressing and malolactic fermentation were followed by slow maturation to add oak complexities before blending.

Colour: Medium red

Nose: Mellow with cherry, blueberry, chocolate and fruitcake characters. A hint of spice and pastry

Palate: Soft and supple with bright, rich cherry fruit flavours and fine grained tannins

Cellaring potential: Ready to be enjoyed now but will benefit from some short term cellaring to add complexity

Ideal food matches: Herb crusted rack of lamb, winter stews and a hamburger with the lot. Also perfect with Sunday barbeques.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2015 Deakin Estate Merlot

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Wonderful for its price, this finely balanced and focused merlot is genuinely varietal and even brings some cellaring potential. Its juicy aromas of dark cherries, plums and cedar/vanilla oak deliver volume and perfume, while its smooth, evently balanced and elegant palate is knit with sweet, dusty vanilla oak, underpinned by fine tannins and finished with a lively acidity.
2014-2017
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
88
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Ripe and punchy, this generous, firmish, deeply ripened and handsomely oaked merlot has an earthy, floral perfume of blackberries, raisins and prunes backed by a hint of menthol. Its sweetly fruited and marginally raisined presence of ripe berries, plums and currant-like flavour is framed by a firm, drying extract, finishing with richness and concentration.
2012-2015+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
88
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple; a nicely composed and balanced medium-bodied wine that displays all of the positive varietal characters of merlot, astutely merging cassis/plum with savoury/spicy black olive notes against a fine web of tannins.
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
89
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Supported by a dusty, powdery undercarriage, this honest, varietal merlot has a lightly floral bouquet of dark cherries, plums and blackberries gently backed by chocolate/vanilla oak and suggestions of dried herbs. While it lacks genuine depth of fruit, it's smooth and supple, finishing with a soft, gentle acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual
86
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Savoury smoky spicy aromas give way to a palate with surprising varietal character in a savoury black olive mode, supported by well-judged tannins. Over delivers.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
88
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Honest, earthy and lightly muddy with ripe, if slightly stewy flavours of dark plums and berries that begin with a rich forward presence but thin out towards a marginally raw and metallic finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
85
Campbell Mattinson (2007 Vintage) says
It tastes earthen and mulberried and leathery/gamey. It has some twiggy elements too. It's a pretty good drink though it's a touch on the weird side too. Maybe it's the developed characters making me think this. Maybe it needs to be consumed with food. Nice softness and complexity in any case.
Winefront 2009
85
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
You'd be hard pressed to find a better 10-buck bottle of merlot; they've tuned this one up just right. Perfumed berry fruit aromas smell nice and sweet, blackcurrant and a little oak in there too. Very soft, easy palate, bright blue fruit finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
87
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Earthy, rather cooked and meaty, with a modest depth of slightly raisined red currant fruit finishing rather thin, lean and dehydrated, meaty and green-edged Lacks fruit and freshness.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
80
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
This nicely balanced wine of genuine varietal character reveals meaty, earthy aromas of dark plums and cherries over nuances of leather. Moderately firm, long and powdery, its pleasingly long and vibrant palate of dark and deeply ripened fruit is framed by fine tannins, supported by sweet vanilla oak and finished by refreshing acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
88
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Earthy, meaty and spicy, with simple and slightly confectionary dark plum and cherry fruit backed by earthy, cedary and chocolate-like undertones. Lacks genuine length and varietal character, finishing a little flat and green-edged.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
82
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
A supple, dean and flavoursome wine with a slightly jammy aroma of raspberries and cherries laced with sweet, fragrant vanilla and coconut oak. Soft, smooth and mouthfilling, it's generously packed with juicy cherry/berry fruit and framed with slightly sappy, but soft tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
87
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
85
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a light, leafy/earthy bouquet with savoury varietal character; the fractionally lean and simple palate provides more of the same, but what can one expect at the price?
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
82

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