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Pepper Tree 14 Shores Reserve Merlot

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Pepper Tree 14 Shores Reserve Merlot

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Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
In general quality terms merlot has been a poor performer in Australia, but the Wrattonbully region shows real promise with this grape. Even merlot-hating Mattinson sat up straighter when he tasted this wine. This isn't your average merlot. It's characterised by grainy, savoury, grippy tannin, though it also boasts a delicious spread of blueberry and mulberry and blackcurrant-like fruit flavours. Smoky, cedary oak completes a sophisticated show. Stand-out wine.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
93
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
This carries the stamp of regional mint that pervades nigh on every red wine from the Limestone Coast. The oak also plays in resiny form, the palate is taut and structured, the oak has clean aced the fruit for now - needs time to settle in. The '06 was a highly structured vintage and this is evident here.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Bright colour; fragrant red fruit aromas lead into a fresh and lively medium-bodied wine, with cassis and raspberry fruits sustained by fine savoury tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Very ripe dark berry fruit, slightly anomalous for the vintage, and not particularly varietal, but has abundant flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
88
Jeremy Oliver (2000 Vintage) says
An early-maturing merlot whose slightly closed bouquet of sweet red and black cherries, dark plums and new cedar/vanilla oak reveals hints of undergrowth. Rich and generous, It's forward and oaky, with some reserved but sweet and slightly candied raspberry, cherry and plum flavours. While there's a reasonable length of fruit and some very assertive oak, the palate is showing signs of drying out.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
89

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