Merlot

  • Chateau La Bastidette 2018 $37.99 $33.99
    This cuvée is made from a one-hectare plot of old vine Merlot situated in the commune of Montagne-Saint-Emilion, one of the most beautiful terroirs of Bordeuax’s Right Bank, and it represents the purity of the grape variety. Planted on sandy – clay soils in coversion to organic viticulture, the grapes are coming from 80 year old vines and are hand harvested and carefully selected. The nose is very expressive with ripe raspberry, cherry and blackcurrants aromas with just a touch of vanilla, toast and cinnamon notes Son of a warm vintage on the palate is well-structured, richly dense with silky and generous tannins and a touch of freshness. Drink now but will give its best from 2022.
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  • Chateau Villefranche 2018 $26.99 $23.99
    Chateau Villefranche is recognised as one of the oldest wine estates in the Graves region with the Guinabert family tending the vines since the 17th Century. Located near the Ciron stream, the estate extends over to the Haut-Barsac plateau and is mainly known for sweet wines. After centuries of making stunning Sauternes stickys Henri Guinabert decided to make his own red wine and so created this supple and fulsome blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot - fragrant and satisfying. This wine showes ripe red fruit, dark plum, vanilla, nutmeg and licorice on the nose and a palate that is rich, full of red berry notes and an excellent structure.
    Who said Bordeaux's had to be expensive - you'll find great value in this AOC Graves red wine at just over $20.
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  • Terra Tangra Single Barrel NV $182.99 $142.99
    “Single Barrel is a blend of six grape varieties: cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, syrah, rubin and mavrud. Curiously they make around 16 barrels of this wine each year. Dense, purple-hued wine that looks much younger than its age of six years. Rich, ripe and flavoursome red with a dense. almost chewy texture suggesting old vine material. Dark berry, wood smoke, old leather, tar and spice characters. An intriguing wine that’s clearly got plenty of life ahead of it.” 95/100 – Bob Campbell MW
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  • Terra Tangra Grand Reserve 2013 $90.99 $72.99
    “A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot. Intense, bold red with Christmas cake-like dried fruit and nut flavours together with wood smoke, leather, cigar box. A formidable red with a powerful tannic backbone. Should age well. Slightly rustic. Drink: 2018 to 2025.” 95/100 – Bob Campbell MW
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  • Domaine Lafite Légende 2017 $29.99 $25.99
    This is a well-balanced blend of traditional grape varieties consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. As the main variety, the Cabernet Sauvignon gives the wine the classic elegance of the Lafite style, while the ageing gives it charm and a well-rounded character. The nose is intense and expressive dominated by fresh fruit aromas of red currant and raspberry blended with subtle notes of oak. The palate is structured, round and easy, slightly oaked with firm but silky tannins and a long, fresh and fruity finish.
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  • Chateau Lagrave Paran 2018 $26.99 $23.99
    As is always the case with Pierre Lafon, not a man known for a lot of talking so he just lets his wine do it all for him. Most of you will be familiar with this stunning Bordeaux, one of the first imports of Accent on Wine over 20 years ago. A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, medium to full bodied with lovely lush and rounded tannins, concentrated and just beautifully balanced. For a Bordeaux Superior it punches well above its weight, it has power, concentration and depth with a lovely middle palate and beautiful finish. You could easily pay double for a wine of this quality. Drink now or over the next 5-6 years.
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  • Te Mata Coleraine 2019 $139.99 $114.99
    “An iconic brand meets a terrific vintage. The result is a “must have” wine for collectors and investors. This is elegance on a grand scale and one of the best vintages I’ve tasted. Still youthful and quite closed (it was bottled on the day I tasted it) but with plushness and power.” -- Bob Campbell MW, Business Desk, February 2021
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  • Agricola Punica Barrua 2014 $73.99 $64.99
    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.
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  • Chateau Loudenne Rouge 2016 $61.99 $49.99
    Chateau Loudenne Medoc is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.
    A wine of exquisite fragrance with blueberries, black plums, and cherries accompanied by subtle earth, oak, licorice, black pepper, clove, dry herbs and pencil notes.
    On the palate it’s plush, full bodied yet smooth with medium acidity, fine grained elegant tannins and long finish. This is a superb red Bordeaux from a great vintage.
    Approachable now, will be magnificent in 3 to 5 years time.
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  • Le Volte dell’Ornellaia 2018 $63.99 $54.99
    Le Volte dell’Ornellaia combines a Mediterranean expression of generosity with structure and complexity, reflecting the philosophy of Ornellaia. It represents the first step into the Ornellaia family, and is an ideal wine for everyday enjoyment. Le Volte dell’Ornellaia 2018 perfectly reflects the characteristics of the vintage, revealing great elegance and balance. Its nose is wonderfully complex, very fruity with delicate floral and spicy notes. The tannic and smooth texture is striking on the palate, ending in a crisp and lively finish.
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  • Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" 2017 $454.99 $389.99
    "A stunning wine, the 2017 Ornellaia offers a captivating interplay of richness and energy. Picking early was the key. Young vine Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc were harvested in August for the first time ever. In the glass, the 2017 offers up an enticing mélange of mocha, cedar, tobacco and licorice, with soft curves that add to its sensuality and allure. The 2017 is sumptuous and racy, as Ornellaias from warmer years tend to be, but it is not at all heavy or overdone. In a word: superb! Drink 2025-2042." Score: 97 - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com
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  • Te Mata Awatea 2019 $46.99 $36.99
    Awatea, even though being the so called second wine after the Coleraine, is still a wonderful Bordeaux blend that is able to age beautifully for up to 10 years. It always shows ripe blackberry and blackcurrant aromatics with elements of vanilla creme and sandalwood. On the palate there’s a banquet of plum, raspberry, dried herbs and lingering dark cherry, set out across cedar and cocoa powder tannins. Classical in structure, with fine balance and length.
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  • Terres de L'Engarran Rouge 2018 $19.99 $18.99
    A new addition from this much acclaimed producer made from a blend of Syrah, Merlot and Grenache from the excellent vintage of 2018 which is full bodied and spicy with a 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.
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  • Ata Rangi Celebre 2018 $46.99 $42.99
    A full and enticing nose of aromas; blueberry and boysenberry tempered by darker spice flavours of cocoa nib and black cardamom, add to that complex savoury notes of manuka bark and sundried tomatoes. The palate sweeps in with flavours of cranberry and a mineral sensation that lingers through the length of the palate. The tannins are ripe and balanced. An impressive release of this wine, delicious drinking now but with a concentration and structure that will allow this wine to further evolve.
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