Shop for wines by Grape Variety: Merlot

  • Agricola Punica Barrua 2012 NZD $64.95 NZD $52.95
    The so-called Sassicaia of Sardinia, made in collaboration with local Sardinian growers, is becoming a reference point for wines from this island and even Italy. Made from a blend of 85% Carignan, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. On the nose it exhibit spice, black fruits, game and hints of leather. The palate is superb, balanced, poised and full bodied with great depth, length and concentration. This is a wine that has the potential within years to rival Sassicaia itself but at a fraction of the price.... more »
  • Alan McCorkindale Merlot Rose 2015 NZD $22.95 NZD $19.95
    The very first Rose made by Alan which all of you have come to know him for producing outstanding whites and reds. Made from 100% Merlot from his vineyards in Hawkes Bay, this is rather a Provence style Rose in the sense that it has wonderful freshness and dryness yet delivers an abundance of wild strawberries and cassis.... more »
  • Ata Rangi Celebre 2014 NZD $52.95 NZD $46.95
    "Célèbre has always had its own distinctive style as a bright, high-energy red with real concentration and a rich, mouth-filling texture. As a young wine, the 2014 is showing abundant aromatics with ripe blueberry, boysenberry and red currant notes meeting more exotic notes of star-anise. Long, fine, savoury tannins across the palate and the bracken-like earthiness from the Cabernet portions builds complexity, while Syrah brings spice and fresh, balanced acidity to the finish. "... more »
  • Awaroa Merlot Cabernet Malbec 2012 NZD $34.95 NZD $29.95
    A lovely structured Bordeaux style from Waiheke that delivers outstanding value for money. Medium body with wonderful fruit, exotic herbs and a touch of cassis with berry compote. Excellent for the BBQ and is drinking beautifully now however it will cellar for a number of years.... more »
  • Awaroa Requiem 2013 NZD $59.95 NZD $56.95
    One of Waiheke’s top Bordeaux blends without doubt. Ripe tannins with aromas of dust, dry fruit and blueberries. Lovely acidity, perfectly balanced, focused and pure. Will cellar for 8-9 years plus.... more »
  • Chateau Carteau Pin de Fleurs 2016 NZD $34.95 NZD $29.95
    Made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from a relatively small vineyard of around 14 hectares with an average vine age of 30 years, expression, terroir and definition is how you would characterize this Saint-Emilion. Soft, with an ample middle palate, supple tannins and great depth from a great vintage of 2016. Approachable now however will also cellar for the next 5-6 years.... more »
  • Chateau Carteau Pin de Fleurs Grand Cru 2015 NZD $59.95 NZD $56.95
    A small vineyard holding in the appellation of Saint-Emilion Grand Cru of approximately 7 hectares and classical Saint-Emilion varieties of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and sometimes a little Petit Verdot. The wine is full bodied, very well layered with great texture, concentration and depth. On the palate it exhibits dust, dry earth, dry herbs and black truffle. Young at the moment with potential to age for the next 15 years plus.... more »
  • Chateau Cos D’Estournel 2009 NZD $789.95 Out of Stock
    “One of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted, the monumental 2009 Cos d’Estournel has lived up to its pre-bottling potential. A remarkable effort from winemaking guru Jean-Guillaume Prats and owner Michel Reybier, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot (33%) and a touch of Cabernet Franc (2%) was cropped at 33 hectoliters per hectare. It boasts an inky/black/purple color along with an extraordinary bouquet of white flowers interwoven with blackberry and blueberry liqueur, incense, charcoal and graphite. The wine hits the palate with extraordinary purity, balance and intensity as well as perfect equilibrium, and a seamless integration of tannin, acidity, wood and alcohol. An iconic wine as well as a remarkable achievement, it is the greatest Cos d’Estournel ever produced. It is approachable enough at present that one could appreciate it with several hours of decanting, but it will not hit its prime for a decade, and should age effortlessly for a half century.” Score 100/100 Robert Parker... more »
  • Chateau Lafon La Tuilerie 2012 NZD $64.95 NZD $49.95
    2012 was one of the best vintages on record in Bordeaux. Seeing the prices of other 2012 Bordeaux, this is a sure thing in fact it's a complete steal! Owned and operated by the Lafon family well known in Bordeaux as wine growers and makers, this is pretty much the flagship of the company. 2012 is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon, its incredibly ripe and concentrated. On the nose it displays cassis, floral undergrowth, tar and mint. Because of the nature of the 2012 vintage, it offers superb ripe tannins, interlinked with espresso froth, mocca, lead pencil yet remaining fresh, pure and vibrant. Superb 10-15 second finish with excellent length. An outstanding offering for those that love classic Bordeaux at its best. Cellar for 8 years plus.... more »
  • Chateau Lafon La Tuilerie 2013 NZD $64.95 NZD $49.95
    2013 was a vintage vastly different to 2009 and 2010, cooler with less heat yet a good long summer. This resulted in very even ripeness particularly for those producers that did a lot of work in the vineyard. Classical St. Emilion, vibrant acidity, lovely middle palate, freshness and good intensity. Without doubt one of the best balanced wines that we’ve seen in the last few years from Lafon la Tuilerie. Approachable now however this will be a gem in another few years, it has the pedigree and the composure to excel!... more »
  • Chateau Lagrave Paran 2016 NZD $24.95 NZD $22.95
    Perhaps one of the great classic vintages of the 21st century, together with 2000, 2005 and 2015. Lovely bouquet of fresh berries, tar and dry earth, gives way to a profound, concentrated and harmonious wine that at the price it just over delivers. Perfumed and full body with perfect balance, suave and enticing, just beautiful. Approachable now but better over the next 5 years. On the equation of price and quality it doesn’t get any better.... more »
  • Chateau Leoville Barton 2012 NZD $164.95 NZD $156.95
    “Dense ruby/purple, with cassis licorice and forest floors notes in the aromatics, Léoville-Barton’s 2012 is a relatively big, rich, masculine style of wine. This full-bodied wine needs 5-8 years of cellaring and should evolve easily for 25-30 years. Drink: 2023 – 2053. 92/100” – Robert Parker... more »
  • Chateau Loudenne Rouge 2012 NZD $46.95 NZD $42.95
    Aged for 16 months in French oak barrels renewed by one third every year, this beautiful Médoc displays a nice dark shinny crimson. An intensive fruity nose of red berries. Slightly woody with notes of vanilla. Good volume on the palate the attack is well structured and ample. The long lasting finish is aromatic and very elegant with dainty persistence. Even though approachable now, this is a classy Medoc that will keep evolving for the next 5 years plus.... more »
  • Chateau Talbot 2012 NZD $136.95 NZD $129.95
    "A juicy style of wine, Talbot's 2012 has a dense ruby/purple color, plenty of black and red currant fruit, a touch of plum, soft tannin and a spicy, medium-bodied mouthfeel. It is excellent, with no hollowness or astringency. This is a very successful wine in this vintage and should drink well for 15-20 years. 90/100" – Robert Parker... more »
  • Craggy Range Sophia Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 NZD $134.95 NZD $114.95
    The classic Bordeaux blends at their best. Perhaps more reminiscent of a St. Emilion Grande Cru Classe because of its power, racy acidity and focus. As is the case for the other wines, this needs time perhaps 8-10 years will get the best out of it. Balanced, harmonious and powerful with complex notes of ripe dark plum, violets, an autumnal forest and a touch of smoke. The wine exhibits great focus and intensity with fine tannins layered through a core of dark fruit. The wine carries a real seriousness that underlies its youthful charm.... more »
  • La Grande Tour Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2015 NZD $18.95 NZD $17.95
    A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the Languedoc-Roussillon region. The 2015 vintage has gone down as one of the very best in the last 10 years even though it is a little bit young now, it is starting to display wonderful aromas of dry herbs, tobacco, hints of leather and ripe blackberry fruits. One thing for sure though is that it offers incredibly good value for money when you consider that it is extremely well priced at well under $20.... more »
  • Lourens River Valley Morgenster 2000 NZD $79.95 NZD $69.95
    Founded in 1711 and revived to its former glory in 1992 by Italian businessman and wine collector Giulio Bertrand, Morgenster stands as one of the very best South African wines to be had. Made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, it captures the essence of Stellenbosch, the vineyards are on steep slopes ranging from 50m to 360m above sea level, planted at a density of 3000 vines per hectare and crop at 3.5–6.5 tons/hectare. You would be forgiven for thinking that you are trying a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe because that’s just how good it is. Earthy overtones with ripe fruit, composed and elegant, medium to full body and after almost 15 years, still at its best. It is not often that we come across a gem like this from the very beginning of the century and at $47.95 per bottle, well we really don’t need to give any more reasons.... more »
  • Pago de Cirsus Single Vineyard 2009 NZD $23.95 NZD $21.95 Out of Stock
    From one of the top producers in Navarra, Inaki Nunez has forged a worldwide reputation for his outstanding quality and value for money wines. His approach of blending noble Spanish grape varieties and French, produce unique and very personal wines. This is his Single Vineyard which is a blend of Tempranillo, Merlot and Syrah from the fantastic vintage of 2009. Full bodied with earth tobacco and leather overtones, beautiful texture and complexity. Starting to drink very well now but will also cellar for another 4-5 years. At $21.95 per case, exceptional value!... more »
  • Richland Merlot 2017 NZD $18.95 NZD $17.95
    Most of you will be familiar with wines from this outstanding producer situated in Griffith, N.S.W. This is an instant stunner with its plum, dark berry fruit appeal but yet emphasizing its cooler growing conditions therefore does not exhibit overly ripe or aggressive tannins. On the palate it has wonderful intensity with very careful handling of oak which allows its typical terroir and natural characters of the wine to come through. This is an excellent partner for a Sunday roast or BBQ lamb. Drink now or cellar for the next 2-3 years.... more »
  • Te Mata Awatea 2016 NZD $44.95 NZD $34.95
    Deep magenta with a crimson edge, this is signature Awatea - a modern Hawke’s Bay cabernet with deep, pure fruit and bright, floral aromatics. Roses, violets, wild blackberry and dark plum, intertwined with notes of aniseed and thyme. Then, on the palate, immediate bright red and black fruits, blackcurrants, spice, raspberry syrup and a layered, almost saline, tannin structure with a refreshingly, fine, dry finish. Awatea ’16, as ever, is stylish Te Mata cabernet that totally over-delivers.... more »
  • Te Mata Coleraine 2015 NZD $159.95 NZD $139.95 Out of Stock
    First, a bouquet of violets, roses, lavender and pure cassis, followed by a banquet of blackcurrant, fragrant wild strawberry and pitch-black cherry, laid out over sweet cedar, and fine, supple French oak. Always floral, always concentrated, always poised - Coleraine ’15 is flame-red with flashes of magenta and brilliant purple. Alive with charm, texture and energy, this is a multi-generational wine of immense cellaring potential.... more »
  • Te Mata Coleraine 2016 NZD $144.95 NZD $129.95
    Brilliant magenta, Coleraine ’16 entices with concentrated rose syrup, fresh, fragrant raspberry, wild strawberry, ripe plum, thyme and cedar. Offering superb depth and complexity, Coleraine ’16 is defined by a precise, lazer-edge of pure, bright, red fruit. Framed by tight acid and silky tannins, all this extends elegantly into an exquisite and super-fine crescendo, giving exceptional length and finesse to the wine. 120 years after Te Mata planted cabernet vines in the Havelock Hills, Coleraine ’16 captures the finest expression of the estate’s unique Hawke’s Bay vineyards.... more »
  • Tenuta Dell Ornellaia "Masseto" 2006 NZD $794.95 Out of Stock
    "This set of new releases from Tenuta dell Ornellaia leaves me looking for words that can adequately capture the pure magic and sheer profoundness the property has achieved in this important, hallmark vintage. I will try with one word: Monumental. The Ornellaia team has done a fabulous job with these wines, which have never failed to literally send shivers down my spine on the multiple occasions I have tasted them. I can still remember nearly falling out of my chair the first time I tasted the 2006 Masseto (100% Merlot) from barrel. The wine is now in bottle and it is every bit as monumental as I had hoped. The wine possesses staggering richness in a style that perfectly captures the essence of this great Tuscan vintage. Black cherries, flowers, licorice and sweet toasted oak are just some of the nuances that emerge from the 2006 Masseto. A wine of breathtaking depth, it also reveals superb clarity, freshness and vibrancy in a sumptuous, beautifully-balanced style. Simply put, the 2006 Masseto is a masterpiece from Tenuta dell Ornellaia. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031." 99/100 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.... more »
  • Terres de L'Engarran Rouge 2017 NZD $19.95 NZD $18.95
    A new addition from this much acclaimed producer made from a blend of Syrah and Merlot, full bodied with typical expression of Languedoc in being perfumed and floral with hints of dry herbs and garrigue. On the palate it’s profound with lovely racy acidity, soft caressing tannins and a long finish. Excellent now but better over the next 3-4 years.... more »
  • Triennes Merlot 2011 NZD $24.95 NZD $19.95
    The return of one of our favourites! Owned and operated by the two owners of Domaine Dujac and Domaine de la Romanée Conti, which of course both of them are synonymous for making the very best Burgundy in the world. This is made in the Cotes du Rhone from 100% Merlot. The wine exhibits dark plum and cherry with hints of anise and tobacco. Excellent acidity with good concentration, length and depth. It is also stylish and modern, vibrant and instantly appealing with a good dose of fruit. At the price of $19.95 it is hard to come across anything like this even at $30.... more »

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