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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. 2013 Coopers Creek SV "Gravels and Metals" Merlot Malbec

    2013 Coopers Creek SV "Gravels and Metals" Merlot Malbec

    93 Points Sam Kim
    A great deal on this Trophy-winning back-vintage! This 2013 Merlot Malbec won Merlot Trophy at The Royal Easter Show 2015, as well as a New World Wine Awards Trophy the same year. With Merlot ...
    • Royal Easter Show Wine Awards - Gold
    $16.99 a bottle
  2. 2013 Heartland Langhorne Creek Stickleback Shiraz/ Cabernet

    2013 Heartland Langhorne Creek Stickleback Shiraz/ Cabernet

    90 Points Richard Caro
    A lovely, juicy red blend from Heartland by legend Ben Glaetzer. The Australian's are the most successful country in the world at blending Cabernet and Shiraz. This delicious wine has equal ...
    Elsewhere up to $19.99 Save $2 $17.99 a bottle
  3. 2013 Stanley Estates Merlot

    2013 Stanley Estates Merlot

    90 Points Richard Caro
    A lovely light and savoury Merlot - a welcome departure from the bold Hawkes Bay style. Elegant red and dark fruit nuances come in a light-coloured and medium-bodied package, so the focus is on ...
    Elsewhere up to $24.99 Save $5 $19.99 a bottle
  4. 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 ...
    Elsewhere up to $24.99 Save $5 $19.99 a bottle
  5. 2013 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot

    2013 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot

    91 Points Richard Caro
    Lovely merlot thats not overcooked due to the high altitude vineyard and large temperature range of the Columbia Valley in Washington State. Low rainfall and low fertility all add up to this ...
    Elsewhere up to $24.99 Save $5 $19.99 a bottle
  6. 2015 Theory and Practice Hawkes Bay Merlot

    2015 Theory and Practice Hawkes Bay Merlot

    92 Points Bob Campbell
    Another classy wine from Dry River consultant Ant MacKenzie, this is far better than the price. (5 Stars Raymond Chan, 5 Stars Wine Orbit Magazine and rated by Bob Campbell as a top value pick ...
    Elsewhere up to $24.99 Save $5 $19.99 a bottle
  7. 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 $32.99 Save $3 $29.99 a 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 ...
    Elsewhere up to $44.99 Save $6 $38.99 a bottle
  9. 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 a bottle
  10. 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 a bottle

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