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McWilliam's Hanwood Estate Merlot

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

The 'Hanwood' range has always punched above it's weight, and this one is excellent value. It's full of choc-berry goodness on the nose, along with appealing sniffs of mocha and subtle florals. The palate is fleshy, smooth and sumptuous, with licks of choc-mint, slinky tannins, and a soft, juicy finish. Rates highly on the slurpability scale.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Youthful crimson red with purple hues.

Nose: Rich forest berry, dark plum fruit are up front with subtle violets nuances coupled with hints of vanillin oak aromas.

Palate: A fruit driven wine with the ripe blackberry, currant and plum fruit evident with hints of brown spice, mint and chocolate oak characters. The palate is fresh and lively with smooth supple tannins.

Cellaring: Enjoy now and up to 3 years with careful cellaring.

Alcohol: 13.5%

expert reviews about

McWilliam's Hanwood Estate Merlot

Expert Reviews

Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
It's hard enough finding a decent merlot, even more so at a decent price. This has both angles covered. It has no shortage of flavour. Chocolate and plump berries, a lick of tannins and a very light earthiness. Very solid. There's much to recommend about it.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
88
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Startling quality is often found in this workhorse McWilliam's label, plenty of merlot's brambly berry fruits and sweetly spiced complexity. Impressive varietal blue fruits on the palate, some floral fragrance, medium-weighted, with a gentle twist of savoury tannin.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
90
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
I basically have a rule that I don't drink merlot (to steal a quote from the movie Sideways), but I'd make an exception for this. 2006 RELEASE High gluggability factor. There's a term for you. Sweet mulberried flavour with raspberries and plums. No great length of flavour, granted, but it chugs with pasta very smartly, DRINK 2008-2009.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
84
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
An attractive, medium-bodied mix of savoury and red fruits with strong varietal expression; on the finish slightly darker flavours appear. Top gold Qld Wine Show '06.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Lively, fresh and bright; ready to roll right now; from various southeast Australian vineyards.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
86
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2003 Vintage) says
This is a very good follow-on to the rich and fleshy 2002 Hanwood Merlot recommended in last year's Quaff impressively dark and inky, the wine has good concentration and plummy fullness.
Quaff 2005 2004
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
85
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; spicy, savoury, leafy varietal aromas are followed by a palate with an interesting core of riper fruit to counterbalance the more savoury characters of the bouquet; good texture and mouthfeel. Good value.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
85

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