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 »
  • Ata Rangi Celebre 2015 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 2015 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 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 $54.95
    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 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 »
  • Craggy Range Sophia Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 NZD $157.95
    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 »
  • Domaine Lafite Légende 2016 NZD $26.95 NZD $24.95
    From the famous Domaine Baron de Rothschild, a superb entry level Bordeaux from a great classic vintage. Made from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, it shows a deep crimson colour with a nose that is intense, very expressive, dominated by fresh fruit aromas (red currant, raspberry) and blended with discreet notes of oak. Beautiful now but will also cellar for a number of years and definitely excellent value for money.... 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 2018 NZD $18.95 NZD $17.95
    The brand new vintage from this outstanding producer that most of you will be familiar with, 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 Awatea 2017 NZD $44.95 NZD $34.95
    Ink-dark crimson, Awatea Cabernets/Merlot ’17 glimmers with bright raspberry, cherry and blackberry sparkling over mocha, cedar and spice. Always a favourite expression of fine Hawke’s Bay cabernet, Awatea from 2017 is refreshing and moreish as well as typically elegant. Aromas of red and dark berry fruit, flashes of boysenberry and espresso on the palate, and a classical, super-fine, tannin structure running through to its long finish make Awatea Cabernets/Merlot ’17 a true star. Closed with a natural cork that will allow Awatea to continue to evolve in bottle and provide great enjoyment up to 10 years from harvest.... 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 2017 NZD $139.95 NZD $114.95
    Made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot styled on the great wines of Bordeaux, beautifully crafted and with the capability of aging 10-15 years. 2017 is one of the smallest vintages on record and allocations are extremely tight therefore demand will well exceed supply both locally and internationally.... 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 »
  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2015 NZD $269.95 $239.95 Out of Stock
    "Having followed this wine's evolution in barrel for the past few years, it is an honor to evaluate the final product. This Sassicaia has blossomed since my previous encounters with it as a young, awkward adolescent. The long-awaited 2015 Bolgheri Sassicaia represents a tremendous effort that comes together with seamless precision and focus. This is a confident and proud red wine from Tuscany. Starting with the primary material at hand, you sense the quality of fruit thanks to the wine's beautifully dark appearance and the rich texture it offers to the palate. The acidity is integrated, but more freshness still would have been welcomed in my view (and would also contribute to its longevity). The bouquet is amplified both in terms of volume and length. Its playlist includes dark berry fruit, spice, leather, licorice and roasted coffee bean. Yet, the mouthfeel is extremely graceful and silky. The wine's undisputed pedigree is showcased on the palate. It should also be noted that this edition of Sassicaia feels more ready and open to me. It will age and evolve beautifully, but the 2015 Sassicaia can also be enjoyed in the medium-term. This wine is all about the here and now." 97 Points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "Love the aromas to this young red with blackcurrants, sage, cinnamon and five-spice character. Changes all the time. Full-bodied, dense and powerful with a ripe and rich tannin backbone that gives form and beauty to the ripe and beautiful fruit. Tight and very long. Approachable now but will reward more in five to six years. A classic Sassicaia." 98 Points, James Suckling "Rich and concentrated, this red features black currant, blackberry, violet, mineral and spice flavors. Dense yet lively, structured yet impeccably balanced, with vibrant acidity driving the long, fruit-filled aftertaste. The oak is beautifully integrated. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2023 through 2042." 97 Points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (WS #1 wine of 2018 "Top 100 Wines of 2018") ... more »
  • Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" 2015 NZD $349.95 $294.95
    “The 2015 Ornellaia is a dream wine with magnificent balance. All the elements are in the right place. In most vintages, Ornellaia needs time to fully come together, but the 2015 is just impeccable, even in the early going. The warm vintage notwithstanding, winemaker Axel Heinz crafted and Ornellaia is more about finesse and power. The potent, bruising tannins Ornellaia can show as a young wine are nowhere to be found. Bright raspberry jam, mint, white flowers and pomegranate are some of the many notes that punctuate the finish in a memorable Ornellaia that will go down among the great vintages produced at this reference-point estate.” Score: 98, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2018 “A big, brooding red, packed with blackberry, plum and earth flavors, all wrapped in spicy oak. Monolithic now, finishing with saline mineral elements, a leafy, tobacco edge and dense, mouthcoating tannins. Terrific potential. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2023 through 2038.” Score: 97, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator Insider, May 2018 ... more »

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