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Coldstream Hills Merlot

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Although it is not produced every year, it is a mighty fine drop when it does appear. 2010 was a cracking vintage in the Yarra Valley, and this cheeky little merlot shows lots of black cherries and plums on the nose, together with generous sniffs of toasty oak. The palate is rich and sumptuous with tastes of Dundee cake and plum pudding, hits of more toastiness, talcy tannins, and a dry, long, mince pie-like finish. It's a bold wine that will benefit from time in the cellar.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Dark medium cherry red.

Nose: Attractive dark cherry fruit characters with black olive and spice. Cedary, toasty oak is evident and will integrate into the wine as it develops. The Upper Yarra component adds further complexity with Christmas cake spice and hints of nutmeg.

Palate: Medium bodied palate with persistent powdery tannins and depth. Dark cherry and black olive characters are present with underlying Christmas cake and spice. Toasty oak underpins the wine's structure adding further complexity and length.

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Coldstream Hills Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Slightly oaky in its youth, this elegant and finely structured merlot has a smoky bouquet of dark cherries, plums and berries knit with graphite and mocha-like oak and backed by a whiff of menthol. Smooth and polished, with a long, evenly ripened presence of sour-edged varietal flavour, it's tightly wound around a fine backbone and wrapped in a fresh acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Pure varietal aromas of dark cherries, plums and underbrush are lifted by scents of red flowers, knit tightly with lightly charry, gamey, cedar/mocha oak and underpinned by dusty, herbal undertones. Medium to full-bodied, with a delightful presence of almost sour-edged but and smoky oak, it's supported by fine, chalky tannins, finishing long, evenly ripened and deftly balanced.
The Australian Wine Annual
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Hollow, hard-edged and smoky. Slightly baked and cakey aromas of plums, currants and fresh vanilla/cedar/chocolate oak precede a lean and angular palate that lacks conviction and a genuine length of vibrant, ripe fruit. It's framed by fine, drying tannins and finishes with green-edged acids.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
An elegant and savoury merlot whose sweet chocolate/mocha/vanilla oak and some delicate blue floral notes lift its slightly raisined and currant-like aromas. Initially plump, smooth and generous, with juicy flavours of plums and red berries, it becomes more restrained and earthy as it extends towards its finish of lingering meaty fruit and fine, kernelly tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
The tannins are fine and persistent and give the wine length and structure. Smoky, cedary oak is evident and provides additional complexity. The wine has roundness and texture and is an excellent example of cool-climate merlot. An excellent growing season in '05, with mild conditions throughout the autumn months.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Briary, meaty aromas of dark cherries, blackberries and lightly smoky/mocha oak precede a generous, ripe and juicy palate built around a firm structure of drying, papery tannins. It's gamey and varietally correct, with pleasing length and balance. A trifle sinewy today, it should flesh out in future.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Briary, earthy and meaty aromas of plums, dark cherries and restrained cedary oak precede a forward, simple and fruity palate that thins out towards the finish. It lacks depth, richness of fruit and structure.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A supple and willowy but intensely flavoured varietal merlot for the short to medium term. Sealed with a Stelvin, its floral perfume of violets, black and red cherries and ripe plum is lifted but not dominated by a measure of chocolate and cedary oak. Medium to full in body, it's smooth and fine-grained, offering a polished expression of pristine fruit and mocha/chocolate oak.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
A leaner, medium term merlot with an earthy, tobaccoey aroma of plummy fruit, cedary oak and animal hide. Long, fine and supple, the palate presents tightly focused sweet plum and cherry fruit wrapped around fine tannins, but overlying a thread of herbal flavour. There's some attractive firmness and shape.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004

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