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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. 2015 Stanley Estates Hawkes Bay Merlot

    2015 Stanley Estates Hawkes Bay 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. 2019 Boneline Pink Noise Rose

    2019 Boneline Pink Noise Rose

    93 Points Sam Kim
    A new Rose from a stylish Waipara producer. The Pink Noise has a softly dry palate that is one of the finest in the Rose genre this summer, made from Merlot grown on 27 year old vines. Very cool ...
    $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  3. 2016 Squawking Magpie The Gravels Merlot Malbec

    2016 Squawking Magpie The Gravels Merlot Malbec

    92 Points Richard Caro
    A rich and complex Bordeaux-style red from Hawkes Bay. Such great results come from Squawking Magpie's increasingly old vines on the Gimblett Gravels, which produce a Merlot Malbec of serious ...
    $26.99 in mixed 6+ or $29.99 per bottle
  4. 2016 Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Merlot Cab Malbec

    2016 Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Merlot Cab Malbec

    5 Stars Raymond Chan
    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
    Elsewhere up to $36.99 Save $7 $29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle
  5. 2016 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Merlot

    2016 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Merlot

    92 Points Richard Caro
    This Merlot shows why Craggy Range are so classy. The hot and dry Gimblett Gravels is probably the best spot in NZ for this variety, but instead of making an over-rich style they follow Bordeaux ...
    Elsewhere up to $38.99 Save $6 $32.99 in mixed 6+ or $36.99 per bottle
  6. 2018 Saintayme Saint-Emilion

    2018 Saintayme Saint-Emilion

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    93 Points James Suckling

    En Primeur product: order now for arrival mid 2021. A plump and rich Merlot from Saint Emilion, this is very serious wine for the price. Quality vineyards have been ...

    $39.99 per bottle
  7. 2019 La Chenade Lalande de Pomerol

    2019 La Chenade Lalande de Pomerol

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    93 Points James Suckling

    En Primeur product: order now for arrival mid 2022. A staff and customer favourite, La Chenade is a flowing and juicy Bordeaux for a modest price. Mostly Merlot from sandier ...

    $39.99 per bottle
  8. 2018 Chateau La Chenade Lalande de Pomerol

    2018 Chateau La Chenade Lalande de Pomerol

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    93 Points James Suckling

    En Primeur product: order now for arrival mid 2021. La Chenade is a staff and customer favourite, in a really flowing and defined Bordeux style for a modest price. Mostly ...

    $39.99 per bottle
  9. 2019 Saintayme Saint-Emilion

    2019 Saintayme Saint-Emilion

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    94 Points James Suckling

    En Primeur product: order now for arrival mid 2022. A plump and rich Merlot from Saint Emilion, this is very serious wine for the price. Quality vineyards have been ...

    $40.00 per bottle
  10. 2016 Ch. La Dauphine Fronsac

    2016 Ch. La Dauphine Fronsac

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    91 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    A lush and dark-fruited Merlot from one of the best producers in Fronsac. Steeped in history, the La Dauphine estate sources this wine from their vines of 33 years average age, with very decent ...
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle

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