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Majella Merlot

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Merlot is something of a forgotten and maligned creature in Australia, with even the very best wines regularly disappointing for the dollars (sadly). Arguably the finest Australian Merlots though come from just two regions - Coonawarra and Margaret River (with the Yarra occasionally producing a goodun' too).

This Majella Merlot then is built in the typical Majella fashion, with no shortage of super smooth, ripe and choc plum fruit, carrying that textural softness that this winery is famous for.  The slippery sexy fruit is even more generous thanks to the warm vintage, with the resultant wine a wonderfully generous and pleasant red with no shortage of Merlot goodness.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2012 Majella Merlot is a very refined and elegant wine showing great Merlot fruit characteristics on the palate, with more than a little earthiness and "forest floor" characters.

The colour is a deep, brooding red, with a typical earthy and yet floral nose, showing hints of strawberry and aniseed and leading to great length on the finish.  

Fermentation was finished in 300 litre French oak barrels (about 30% new oak) and after MLF the wine was further aged for another fourteen months in the same barrels.

Cellar 8 to 10 years.

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Majella Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2011
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
All the hall marks that we would expect from classic Coonawarra merlot: juicy, rounded, soft berry compote fruit, attractive Christmas cake spice, choc oak and supple tannins.
Wine100, September Edition
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Excellent varietal character in the bouquet and palate; made without ostentation, but attention to detail; redcurrant, spicy flavours run through to a lingering finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; very different to the Katnook style, with riper cassis-like notes, but still within varietal bounds, in part due to touches of green olive and earth.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007

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