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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. 

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  1. 2013 Stanley Estates Merlot

    2013 Stanley Estates Merlot

    90 Points Richard Caro
    Reduced to clear- out it goes. Limited stock. 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 ...
    Elsewhere up to $22.99 Save $8 $14.99 in mixed 6+ or $16.99 per bottle
  2. 2014 Coopers Creek SV "Gravels & Metals" Merlot Malbec

    2014 Coopers Creek SV "Gravels & Metals" Merlot Malbec

    Rick’s Picks
    90 Points Bob Campbell
    Serious discount on a rich red from quality vineyards in Hawkes Bay. Ripe Merlot comes from the Gimblett Gravels and the Malbec from the famous red metals, offering rich and succulent fruit with ...
    Elsewhere up to $22.99 Save $4 $18.99 in mixed 6+ or $20.99 per bottle
  3. 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
    $31.99 in mixed 6+ or $35.99 per bottle
  4. 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
  5. 2016 Chateau La Chenade Lalande de Pomerol

    2016 Chateau La Chenade Lalande de Pomerol

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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
  6. 2017 Chateau La Chenade Lalande de Pomerol

    2017 Chateau La Chenade Lalande de Pomerol

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    91 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous

    En Primeur product: order now for arrival mid 2020. La Chenade is a staff and customer favourite, in a really flowing and defined Bordeux style for a modest price. Mostly ...

    $45.00 per bottle
  7. 2015 Chateau La Chenade Bordeaux

    2015 Chateau La Chenade Bordeaux

    92 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    Elegant and aromatic, this is a classy charmer. Mostly Merlot from sandier soils, it reveals brighter aromatics of wild strawberries, with Cabernet Franc touching the background with darker ...
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle
  8. 2013 Squawking Magpie Gimblett Gravels The Nest Merlot

    2013 Squawking Magpie Gimblett Gravels The Nest Merlot

    93 Points Andrew Caillard
    2016 International Wine Competition – Trophy and Gold Champion HB Merlot, 2014 New Zealand International Wine Show – Trophy Champion Merlot and Blends, 2016 International Wine Challenge - ...
    • Royal Easter Show Wine Awards - Gold
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle
  9. 2017 Ch. Haut Brisson Saint Emilion Grand Cru

    2017 Ch. Haut Brisson Saint Emilion Grand Cru

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    93 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous

    En Primeur product: order now for arrival mid 2020. A rich and generous style of Merlot from Bordeaux's Saint Emilion. The vintage of 2017 meant only their better fruit ...

    $50.00 per bottle
  10. 2015 Ch. Haut Brisson Saint Emilion Grand Cru

    2015 Ch. Haut Brisson Saint Emilion Grand Cru

    92 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    A rich-fruited yet classy Merlot from Bordeaux's Saint Emilion. This estate no longer produces a reserve wine, so the value under this label has been pegged up even higher by the inclusion of ...
    $49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 per bottle

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