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Preece Merlot

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Of all the red varieties Merlot is the one that seems to offer the most palate friendly experience and this delicious drop from Central Victoria is such a good wine to take to a barbecue as it will compliment a wide array of red and white meats. It’s lifted with blackcurrant, blueberry as well as hints of rhubarb. Its soft and medium bodied with plum as well as cedar. A touch of spice and vanilla on the long finish as well as snug tannins making for the ultimate comfort wine.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Deep opaque purple.

Nose: right blackcurrant and blueberry fruits with subtle hints of beetroot, mushroom and cedary oak.

Palate: Intense purple berry fl avours with hints of apple and rhubarb. Lively, medium bodied, and framed by long dusty tannins.

Food: Beef and Mushroom Pie or Lamb Shanks in Red Wine Sauce.

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Preece Merlot

Expert Reviews

WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Aggressive, vibrant red merlot with greener, lighter fruit flavours and chalky tannins.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright crimson-red; has enough varietal character on bouquet and palate to satisfy, particularly given the fresh cassis flavours, enhanced by a crisp finish, the tannins ultrafine.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
By the taste of this, it was a tough year for merlot in Victoria. There isn't a lot of fruit flavour here. There's as much grippy tannin as there is flavour, a problem likely caused by the hot conditions of the vintage. What flavour there is tastes like blackcurrant and toast and cherry liqueur. Nothing soft and supple about this one.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
84
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Winestate 20082009
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Chocolate and coffee on the nose; cinnamon lift. Fleshy palate with sweet fruit and grippy tannins.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Plenty of fruit power, though varietal character on the cusp; Sideways fans don't touch it, others enjoy the savoury power.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
88
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Dark, minty and faintly eucalypt-like aromas of plums, cherries and blackberries, with spicy undertones of cloves and cinnamon precede a moderately intense and oaky palate, whose sweet, ripe and minty fruit is underpinned by a dusty spine of firmish tannins. It's a pleasing varietal that would have been marked higher if not for some rather card-boardy oak.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
87
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied; supple, smooth redcurrant/blackcurrant fruit and fine tannins. Trophy at '05 Adelaide Wine Show for Best Merlot simply underlines the shortcomings in Australian Merlot. Goulburn Valley/King Valley.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
89
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
There's great value in this minty central Victorian merlot, whose slightly gamey and reductive aromas of dark cherries and plums are underpinned by suggestions of charcuterie and wood smoke. Smooth and supple, it's medium to full in body, with a brightly lit and minty flavour profile wrapped in firmish, fine-grained tannins. Finishes earthy and savoury.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
88
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
A sumptuous, juicy little merlot with all the right bells and whistles. There's a hint of mint and menthol and a light eucalypt note about its aromas of dark cherries, plums and blackberries, while its pristine palate is textbook easy-drinking merlot. Medium to full in weight, it is also a wine of some substance, supported by fine-grained and drying tannins. Exceptional value.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
90
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
86
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2002 Vintage) says
Another good follow-on vintage (the 2001 was one of our Bloody Good merlots last year), this has typical aromas of stewed plum and woody spices, with medium-bodied richness and a silky, slippery finish.
Quaff 2005 2004
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2001 Vintage) says
This is the best merlot we've seen from wily chief winemaker, Don Lewis. It comes from the Mitchelton estate at Nagambie in the Goulburn Valley and nearby central Victorian vineyards. There is a nice balance between some smoky, cedary oak influences and rich, ripe, concentrated cassis and red berry characters, a succulence and liveliness in the mid-palate with a gentle, silky finish.
Quaff 2004 2003
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the light to moderately intense bouquet has gently savoury/leafy varietal fruit, the palate offering more weight and sweeter berry fruit flavours; fair tannins on the finish
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
83
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is clean, of light to medium intensity with soft, slightly anonymous fruit. The wine has gentle mouthfeel, with pleasant, soft and sweet berry fruit and soft, fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
85

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