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Grant Burge Hillcot Merlot

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Grant Burge Hillcot Merlot

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
If the Barossa barely tolerates cabernet sauvignon, merlot is even further away from where it should be. Despite this, Grant Burge presents a wine with as much plum, cassis and black olive as any cool region you care to name, with oak a strong ally.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
90
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Well-made Bordeaux style with spicy ripe berry fruits underscored by sweet vanillin oak.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
88
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Very straightforward berry fruits and bright approachable plums - varietal and direct. The palate is supple and has soft tannin glide, plenty of plum, cassis and violet flavours, juicy, even and easy.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
87
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A curate's egg, scrambled into the bargain; has flashes of varietal character, but sweet and sour obstacles stand in the way; overall, plenty of flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
87
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Great colour; attractive redcurrant and blackcurrant mix; good control of alcohol, oak and tannins all help a stylish wine, particularly given the region.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Spicy, savoury varietal character plus 10% Cabernet input; medium-bodied; fine tannins, subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A rather cooked and chocolatey merlot whose dehydrated expression of plums, cranberries and currants is given some lift and sweetness through its lightly toasty vanilla and coconut-like oak. It lacks length and brightness, finishing thin and lean, with a drying grip of powdery tannin.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
82
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Light, minty merlot with some floral cassis, violet, dark cherry and plum flavours with regional notes of eucalypt and mint. Smooth, fine-grained and elegant, with some assertive added acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
86
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
86
Ken Gargett (2001 Vintage) says
The best thing about this Barossa merlot is that it actually tastes like merlot. And what is that? Well it should smell like violets and taste like plums and this wine goes as close as any in this country to getting it right. The wine is rich and soft, which merlot also should be, and even though I can be a bit tough on merlot, this is certainly a wine I could sit down to and sip for quite a whileÑhigh praise indeed.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2004 2004
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; sweet red berry and raspberry fruit with subtle oak on the bouquet are followed by a substantial palate, with ripe, soft, full fruit, again showing good oak handling. By far the best under this label thus far.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
89
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the aromas are in a savoury/leafy spectrum, with restrained oak. The palate has excellent texture and balance, the flavours again being in the leafy/savoury spectrum; sweet tannins give persuasive length to the finish
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
87

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