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Margan Merlot

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Cracka Review

Here's a wine that was selected as one of Australia's top 20 merlots, and it's at a 'loose change' price. Bright aromas of plums and earthy spices adorn the nose, whilst the palate is medium-bodied and juicy, with ripe plummy flavours, fluffy tannins, and a soft, spicy, earthy-edged finish. This would be great with  rich coq-au-vin. 

Winemaker's Notes

The 2012 merlot has aromas off dark berry fruits, earthiness and hints of cedar. The palate is fruit driven with black plum, spice and savoury characters. The wine is medium bodied and the subtle use of seasoned French and American oak has allowed the primary fruit character of the wine to shine. Soft chalky tannins add length and while drinking beautifully now, the wine will continue to develop with careful cellaring. - Andrew Margan, Winemaker

Alcohol: 14%

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Margan Merlot

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Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
A fine regional quaffer with a little style, even if it's rather reminiscent of malbec. Its pungent, meaty and yeasty aromas of plums, dark cherries and chocolate/vanilla oak reveals a pungent, vegetal and malbec-like note. Smooth and meaty, with a pleasing length of bloody red and black fruits knit with polished, creamy oak and pliant tannins, it offers loads of fruit and character.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Sweetly fruited and marginally sappy, with a fragrant, meaty bouquet of bright red berries, plums and cherries with undertones of rhubarb and tobacco. Elegant and fine-grained, with bright, vibrant qualities, its supple, juicy red-fruited palate reveals some raisined and edgy, greenish notes towards the finish.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Medium to full-bodied, fresh and juicy, with bright, generously flavoured fruit underpinned by fine, bony tannins and wrapped in bright acids, this floral young merlot has a bouquet of dark cherries, plums and raspberries backed by nuances of sage, rosemary and a hint of vanilla oak. Its slightly currant-like palate of plum and cherry fruit finishes slightly short, with faintly greenish, metallic edges.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A medium- to full-bodied wine with as much varietal expression as is possible from the warm Hunter environment; the palate is long, and the strength of the wine emerges on the finish and aftertaste. Very well made.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A well-made, medium-bodied wine with all the requisite structure and balance, lacking only positive varietal character, not the fault of the wmemaker.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Abundant flavour in a soft, cushioned envelope style; sweet red fruits offset by slightly savoury, regional tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Colour not entirely bright; black cherry and plum fruit with spice and savoury/tobacco varietal tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Complex, distinctly savoury flavours; lingering, olive-tinged tannins and a touch of oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
Ken Gargett (2002 Vintage) says
There is not a dud in the entire Margan range; even their merlot is good. Now I must declare my interest here because apparently my old man used to play golf with old man Margan (although I've never met him myself). So I asked my old man what Mr Margan was like as a golfer and his blunt response was, 'Should stick to wine.' And so with no further comment on Mr Margan's backswing I recommend you try his excellent merlotÑsoft, with cherry flavours, and very smooth.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2004 2004

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