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If Merlot isn’t the most famous red, it is the most international. Legendary Merlots command top dollar but even the cheapest are reliably approachable and plummy. Not always as complex as its equally famous cousin Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot’s trump is ripening early - making drinkable wines in any climate. Hot climates like America allow hedonistically (over)ripe, jammy Merlots with deep colour and soft tannins, while moderate to cool climates like New Zealand produce Merlots with plush fruit but more helpful acid freshness. In its homeland of Bordeaux, Merlot often blends plumpness into more tannic Cabernet, though in Bordeaux’s legendary left bank wines, where Merlot dominates, it is picked not-too-late to preserve the acid and tannin structure for aging. 

Merlot

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  1. 2014 Heartland Langhorne Creek Stickleback Shiraz-Cabernet

    2014 Heartland Langhorne Creek Stickleback Shiraz-Cabernet

    90 Points Richard Caro
    A lovely, juicy red blend from Heartland by legend Ben Glaetzer. Produced from vines up to 20 years old from the under-rated Langhorne Creek region (close to Coonawarra), this is fresh and dark ...
    Elsewhere up to $19.99 Save $5 $14.99 in mixed 6+ or $16.99 per bottle
  2. 2013 Stanley Estates Merlot

    2013 Stanley Estates Merlot

    90 Points Richard Caro
    A lovely dry and savoury Merlot, this is a welcome departure from the usual bold Hawkes Bay style. Elegant red and dark fruit nuances come in a light-coloured and medium-bodied package, so the ...
    Elsewhere up to $24.99 Save $5 $19.99 in mixed 6+ or $21.99 per bottle
  3. 2014 Sebastiani Sonoma County Merlot

    2014 Sebastiani Sonoma County Merlot

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    90 Points Richard Caro
    Lovely, classic merlot from Sonoma. A lovely, easy drinking style that all merlot drinkers strive to find. Dark garnet in colour, with black cherries, toffee and coconut on the nose. The palate ...
    Elsewhere up to $24.99 Save $5 $19.99 in mixed 6+ or $22.99 per bottle
  4. 2014 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Merlot

    2014 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Merlot

    94 Points Sam Kim
    This Merlot shows why Craggy Range are so classy. The Gimblett Gravels is the best spot in NZ for this - so hot and dry - but instead of making an over-rich style they follow Bordeaux and ...
    Elsewhere up to $35.99 Save $7 $28.99 in mixed 6+ or $32.99 per bottle
  5. 2015 Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Merlot Malbec

    2015 Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Merlot Malbec

    94 Points Sam Kim
    A gorgeously plush and stylish red from a great vintage in Hawkes Bay. It is led by bright-fruited Merlot, in which the ripeness of a hot year is enlivened by real freshness and structure for a ...
    • IWSC Silver
    $29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle
  6. 2016 Ch. La Dauphine Fronsac

    2016 Ch. La Dauphine Fronsac

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    91 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous

    En Primeur product: order now for arrival mid 2019. A lush and dark-fruited Merlot from one of the best producers in Fronsac. Steeped in history, the La Dauphine estate ...

    $39.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle
  7. 2016 Chateau La Chenade Bordeaux

    2016 Chateau La Chenade Bordeaux

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    92 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous

    En Primeur product: order now for arrival mid 2019. Full of depth and satisfaction but also elegance, this is classy for the price. Mostly Merlot from sandier soils, it ...

    $39.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle
  8. 2014 Ata Rangi Celebre Red

    2014 Ata Rangi Celebre Red

    95 Points Bob Campbell
    Serious stuff, the Celebre from Ata Rangi is consitently one of NZs best red blends. Otherwise a Bordeaux mix, the added Syrah tilts it in a slightly different direction with a nice note of ...
    $38.99 in mixed 6+ or $44.99 per bottle
  9. 2013 Squawking Magpie 'The Nest' Merlot

    2013 Squawking Magpie 'The Nest' Merlot

    91 Points Richard Caro
    A rich Merlot from a renowned Hawke's Bay producer, the Nest Merlot is a serious mid-level offering. Great plantings in Gimblett Gravels produce a wine full of succulent black and red fruits, ...
    • NZIWS Gold
    • NZIWS Trophy
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle
  10. 2016 Ch. La Fleur de Boüard Lalande-de-Pomerol

    2016 Ch. La Fleur de Boüard Lalande-de-Pomerol

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    92 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous

    En Primeur product: order now for arrival mid 2019. Deliciously expressive wine from a leading producer in the up and coming Bordeaux zone of Lalande-de-Pomerol, the La ...

    $59.99 in mixed 6+ or $59.99 per bottle

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