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Castelli Estate Merlot

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Take an Italian heritage, a French blend, and classic WA fruit and you have three good reasons to jump on this sumptuous red from Castelli Estate. This superb wine balances flavours of blackcurrant and chocolate with subtle notes of plum and vanilla before a rich and satisfying palate. The Merlot adds a sumptuous mouthfeel while Cabernet lends authority and poise. Masterful tannins make for a stylish finish in this very attractive red that would be perfect for a barbecue.

Winemaker's Notes

This is a fine reflection of the excellent vintage conditions and captures the essence of the regions it represents. Vibrant blackcurrant fruit dominates with some chocolate, plum and vanilla pod nuances. The Merlot imparts a perfumed cherry top note. A medium to full-bodied palate and silky tannins are perfectly balanced with the fruit flavour and oak. This well-structured wine will age nicely over the next 10 years.

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Castelli Estate Merlot

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green, vibrant, but a little deeper than most when 11 months old; barrel ferment inputs are immediately obvious, providing aroma/flavour complexity, structure & texture likewise. Struck match, grapefruit zest and toasty oak have come together with unexpected poise, bordering on outright finesse. Quite a journey.
By 2024
Wine Companion
95
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
92
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep crimson; a dark, savoury and seriously complex bouquet of cassis, black olive and thyme; the palate is medium-bodied and shows plenty of tannin, with firmness giving the tightly wound black fruit a long and harmonious ride to the long finish.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Thoroughly gorgeous little merlot. It's soft and supple with generous fruit flavour displaying cherry and light fruitcake characters, spiced with a touch of oak. Sweet fruit on the finish balanced with a fine astringency.
The West Australian, 2009 2009
88
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
If you get a chance, take a look at the photo on the Castelli Estate website (www.castelliestate.com.au) _ half their bleedin' luck! Looks like a fabulous setting. Mattinson isn't a great fan of Aussie merlot but if he's going to make an exception, nine times out of ten it's from WA. Here's another he reckons passes muster. It's pencilly and tastes of brambly blackcurrant and chocolate from oak. Though the tannins are a little streaky, there's a lot of charm to this wine.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
90

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