Sunday, March 16, 2014

Review: ***+ $ Banrock Station Merlot, South Eastern Australia, 2006 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Banrock Station Merlot, South Eastern Australia, 2006, finished at 13.5% alcohol, and first sampled eight years from vintage date.

In the glass: Medium magenta, some suggestion of brick highlights.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows a very, very shy nose, slight hints of mostly generic merlot fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be without grit or gusto.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite a surprise, bringing a nice, full, dollop of sweet, lush, merlot fruit.  Nicely settled, but not even hinting of too much age.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its extraordinarily friendly nature.  This is an excellent value at its bargain price point.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Banrock Station Merlot.

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