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Happs Merlot

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Here we have an aged merlot that is ready for your drinking pleasure. At this stage, it's not a full-on fruity wine, but it does still show some plummy, dark fruit and mocha on the nose. The palate is soft and earthy, with choc-mint flavours, mellow chalky tannins, and a dry, smooth finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Red with a red hue.

Nose: A bright and vibrant aroma with red fruits, choc mint, cassis and cedar with hints of earth and truffle.

Palate: This medium to full bodied wine displays juicy red fruits, green mulberry, maraschino cherry and subtle oak. The tannins are impressive for Merlot and provide a very good structure that is not always seen in this variety. The wine has great length, finishing with a choc mint and black jube after taste and fine powdery tannins.

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Happs Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
89
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
Powerful waves of fruit cake and black currant emerge from the glass. It's a generous and almost cuddly merlot with soft ripe supple tannin, neatly merged oak and deep concentrated fruit weight. The sweet fruit of the palate is balanced by a cut of tannin and oak which focuses the finish perfectly. Excellent rich wine
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Expected colour development; has more power and depth than most merlots at this price point, its earthy/foresty notes and persistent, fine tannins without any bitterness; has excellent texture, structure and length.
2017
93
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A wine which offers well above-average power and concentration without compromising varietal character, although it does need patience; black olives, blackcurrant, controlled oak and tannins are all there; just give them time.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
92
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the very ripe bouquet has slightly gamey overtones with some spice; there is a distinct change of direction on the palate, which is powerful and savoury rather than fruity; has depth and length, but is on the austere side, reflecting its varietal base.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
89
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a clean bouquet with a classic array of spice, cedar, savoury and earth aromas. The palate has attractive red fruits to go with the more savoury characters of the bouquet, and is given structure by silky, ripe tannins. An elegant wine with excellent varietal character.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
88

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