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YarraLoch Stephanie's Dream Merlot

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Was it Stephanie’s dream to make a Merlot? Perhaps we’ll never know. One thing we do know is that Yarraloch have made a very convincing argument with this medium bodied red. This is beyond the usual Merlot, this has stature and elegance with immense concentration and depth. Typical of the variety it shows plum and licorice, some chalky tannins and length that is not normally seen in a red like this. It would pair well with a barbecued pork loin.

Winemaker's Notes

This is no mere mortal merlot. It is deep, dark and concentrated. It shows ripe blood plums, liquorice, dusty earthy overtones and soft savoury tannins supported by abundant acidity.

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YarraLoch Stephanie's Dream Merlot

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James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Purple-crimson hue; significantly more complex than the standard merlot, and greater structure; the question is whether the tannins will soften before the fruit; the answer is very likely yes, but I doubt it's an issue for most tasters anyway.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Strong Bordeaux overtones to a classically severe exposition of merlot; herb and olive characters alongside cassis fruit; firm, savoury tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Excellent purple-red; lively, intense medium-bodied palate; strong varietal expression through plum, blackcurrant and spice; excellent oak and extract.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
Angus Hughson (2004 Vintage) says
For lovers of Merlot, it can be a very hard journey finding wines of serious class that will stand the test of time. Well the search is over. Recently securing Second place at the Tri-Nations Wine Challenge, this top of the range Merlot from Yarraloch is no wishy-washy red, full of powerful, mouthfilling fruit with that telltale soft and silky Merlot finish

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