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Zema Estate Merlot

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It always seems curious that Merlot plays second fiddle to Shiraz in the Coonwarra hierarchy. Perhaps it is the less famous stature of Merlot in the scheme of Australian wine or perhaps it is because Merlot can be a fickle beast. Either way the really good wines really are genuinely tasty drinks. This wine is a smart sort of example to - a sappy and savoury red that couples the natural juiciness of Merlot with some of the forgotten structure that it can also show. It's almost a sneaky wine actually, one that you don't realise just how serious it is until the end of the glass. Regardless, this firmish Merlot shows some nice lines indeed.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Attractive dark medium colour with purple hues.

Aroma: Ripe red berry, cassis and dark cherry supported by nutty French oak.

Palate: The palate displays attractive soft plum and complex berry flavours. Matured in French oak for 16 months the wine has a vibrant richness and well integrated oak character. The wine will continue to improve with some bottle age.

Food Match: Antipasto, Paella, Coq au Vin, BBQ Quail.

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Zema Estate Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A pretty wine, with authentic varietal character and structure; has balance and length, but not quite enough intensity for top points.
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2009
92
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Consistent quality and good style development. Dusty blackcurrant pip, luscious, very soft on the palate with powdery tannins and plummy fruit to finish. Beautiful balance.
2010-16
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A medium-bodied array of cassis, raspberry and mulberry fruit; controlled French oak, balanced tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
An elegant and fine-grained merlot with richness and plumpness of sweet berry, cherry and plum like fruit Its fresh, floral aromas of dark cherries, mulberries and cassis overlie restrained and lightly toasty cedar/vanilla oak. Medium to full in weight, It's supple and juicy, with a lingering chocolatey finish. It should develop well.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
91
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Dense, deep purple-red; opulent mulberry and blackcurrant fruit-driven style; silky tannins; right out of left field.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
93

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