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Feathertop Merlot

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Here's a brightly fruited, choc-coated wine you can crack open and drink with ease. Smells of plums, mint and mocha reach out of the glass and tug the nose hairs, whilst the palate is soft, smooth and sumptuous with a rich plummy centre, dusty tannins, and a mellow, fruity finish. Bring on the pizza!

Winemaker's Notes

Our Merlot is grown in deep and fertile red loam which this variety loves. Floral notes of violets, blackcurrant, ripe plums, dark chocolate, mint and toasty oak are the prevailing aromas. The palate shows upfront ripe berry fruit, a generous, even chocolaty mid palate and integrated oak and soft lingering tannins on the finish. Drinks beautifully now and will age well.

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Feathertop Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light, bright, clear crimson-purple; an exemplary, fresh wine that has clearly expressed varietal character built around cassis, black olive and a touch of plum; the length and balance are also good.
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
90
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Supple, gentle and early-drinking, with a light, floral and earthy bouquet of plums and dark cherries backed by meaty, dusty nuances. Elegant, smooth and supple, it's moderately intense, with a pliant backbone beneath its modest fruit weight. Drink soon.
2012-2015
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
86
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Rather stewed, delivering a jammy, slightly tobaccoey merlot with flavours Of redcurrants and blood plums knit with fresh vanilla/chocolate oak. It's moderately long, but finishes stripped of flavour and bitter, with the lingering ashtray-like notes of bushfire taint. Tough work indeed for Feathertop.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
82
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Light crimson; fragrant cassis/red berry fruit aromas; the light-bodied palate offers more of the same, with savoury olive notes on the finish. True to variety.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
There was a time when many believed that merlot would be the Alpine Valley's best performer, but it hasn't quite lived up to expectations. The wines can be good though. This doesn't have any great distinguishing characteristics but it's a good, solid, decent drink. It tastes of mulberry, dried herbs and woodspice, with raw tannin giving it shape and a minerally aftertaste. Good but we'd like a fraction more.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
87
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Fragrant spice, cedar and tobacco aromas lead into an unexpectedly intense cassis-driven palate; impressive wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
93
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Nose of berry fruits, spices and mint. Palate has some nice oak, tannins and full sweet fruit.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Attractive red berry fruit on the bouquet and entry to the mouth, then savoury tannins on the finish; a wine in two parts, though it is varietal.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
88
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied sweet berry/cassis fruit; negligible tannins, silky mouthfeel.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
88
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Juicy, confiture-like aromas of blackberries, plums and cherries are backed by cedar/vanilla oak and smoky undertones. Rather closed, the palate does reveal some dark and brooding fruit, but is totally dominated by ashtray-like bushfire taint.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
77
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
An elegant, savoury and fine-grained merlot whose slightly rustic and reductive expression of dark cherry and plum fruit is perhaps exaggerated by the screwcap seal. After some aeration the perfume expands to reveal more intense fruit and cedary farmyard-like undertones, while its firm, fine-grained and chocolatey palate presents a sweet, earthy core of vibrant fruit before finishing long and dry with minerally undertones.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
89

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