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2016 Yalumba Y Series 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

At Yalumba we believe that one good wine leads to another. The Y Series was created with that belief in mind.
The Y Series represents a collection of iconic classics and exciting new varietals. Each authentically crafted with fruit from South Australia’s most celebrated wine regions.
We hope that the bottle you hold in your hand right now marks the beginning of a delicious journey, and we look forward to sharing our love of wine as you explore the Y Series.

Winemaker Comments: The 2016 Y Series Merlot is the first vintage where we fermented using only wild yeast found in the vineyard and winery. The wine was fermented in both static and rotary fermenters by wild yeast with cool to warm ferment temperatures, enabling us to maintain the fruit friendly, supple wine that we are seeking.

Tasting Notes: The 2016 Y Series Merlot is vibrant crimson in colour with a magenta hue. It has aromas of fleshy black fruits; the nose is brooding with hints of briar. There is a strong sense of place with the wine showing aromatics from the cooler Limestone Coast. The palate is generous, round and succulent. The mid-palate shows a lovely synergy between the fruit and tannins with hints of exotic spices and finishes fresh and lively.
Perfect with a traditional Cassoulet; or a Kabuli chickpea, spinach and red onion pasta. Vegan friendly.

Alc/vol: 14.1%

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2016 Yalumba Y Series 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
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2003 Vintage) says
A dark, oaky, gutsy expression of this variety, and unlike previous vintages we've seen under this label.
Quaff 2005 2004
Ken Gargett (2003 Vintage) says
Last year's red wine of the year is back in a pretty tidy package, albeit not quite as thrilling as the 2002. But then again how many of us are quite as thrilling as we were last year? A few more pounds on the waistline, a little less hair and energy, a little more world weary. I'm beginning to feel like a merlot myself. Nor to drinkÑ actually feeling like I might be turning into merlot. In the words of Dr Evil, 'It's getting weird isn't it?'
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2005 2005
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
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2002 Vintage) says
Subtle, delicate wines don't fare too well in the Australian show-judging system. It's too easy to overlook them among a large class of their peers. So it was with our first reaction to the 2002 Yalumba Y Merlot. Yet this delightful red has all the qualities that you'd want in an Australian merlot: it's generous, fleshy and juicy, has all those ripe, red-berry flavours, is subtle, delicate and spicy, has wonderful balance and an attractive finish. So it's earned a repeat of last year's Bloody Good. Excellent price, too.
Quaff 2004 2003

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