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Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot

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Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot

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Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
By some margin the finest merlot I have ever tasted from this maker, with a pristine, violet-scented bouquet that marries scents of mulberries and dark cherries with sweet, fine-grained cedar/vanilla oak. It’s sumptuously and deeply flavoured, long and full-bodied, with a faintly meaty expression of blackberries, dark plums and cherries knit with smooth, polished oak and firm, fine tannins, finishing with tightly focused acids and lingering wild, meaty aspects.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
91
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Very powerful, with some raw and edgy aspects, but likely to settle down. With a heavily reductive, smoky bouquet of densely packed dark fruits and charry oak and a firm, drying and astringent palate deeply flavoured with dark plums, cassis and blackberries, it's long, structured and assertively oaked. Impressive, in a contemporary US-inspired style, but lacking genuine charm.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
91
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Dark and raisined, this slightly baked, shorter term merlot opens up with genuine length and structure. Its deep aromas of prunes, dark plum, cherries and dark chocolates overlie scents of fine-grained oak, cola and earthy meaty undertones. It's powerful, warmish and spirity, with a long, forward presence of fruitcake-like flavour and density, finishing very slightly attenuated, but supported by fine, dusty, drying tannins.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
90
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Surprisingly well balanced given its massive proportions, this deeply layered merlot does have the depth and richness of dark plums, blackberry, dark cherry and currant-like fruit to handle its handsome vanilla and bacony oak and its drying astringency. Very ripe and meaty, with a sumptuous presence on the palate, it finishes with lingering fruit and nuances of rosemary and minerals.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
93
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Intense flavours of blackberries, plums and currants combine with charry, smoky and bacony new oak to help conceal its greenish undertones of capsicum and asparagus. Sappy and slightly medicinal, its awkward, rather stodgy palate of fruitcake-like berries and raisins begins with richness and intensity, but finishes quite fiat, hard-edged and under-ripe.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
87
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Herbal, autumnal and leafy, with greenish but concentrated cassis and mulberry-like fruit over raisined, shrivelled currant-like influences suggestive of an extended hang time. Generally lacking fruit brightness and framed by raw, greenish tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
82
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Not an especially varietal expression of merlot, this meaty red wine has a red plum and berry aroma with vanilla/chocolate oak and earthy undertones. Smooth and savoury, its slightly drying palate of dehydrated prune and raisin flavours does offer some length of vibrant fruit, finishing with creamy oak and tannin. A little raw and cooked.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
85
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Earthy, reductive merlot with some pleasing violet-like aromas of black cherries, plums and currants supported by cedar/vanilla/chocolate oak influences. Firm, assertive and powerful, its mulberry, cherry and plum-like fruit finishes a little hard and raw-edged.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
88
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; deep, dark, briary, savoury, chocolatey aromas lead into a lavish, dark berry-fruited palate, mercifully not as tannic as expected, though still requiring patience, and - at best - a Robert Parker-type Merlot
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
90
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; there is clean, fresh bright fruit on the bouquet with spicy, toasty oak; then the wheels fall off somewhat on the palate, where charry oak sits firmly on top of the fruit, followed by dry tannins on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
85

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