ORIGIN OF VARIETAL
Merlot grapes are dark blue-colored and popular as both a blending grape due to its softer consistency compared to Cabernet, as well as a standalone variety due to its pleasing texture and weight. As the most popular and widely planted varietal in France, it calls Bordeaux home but is planted in wine regions across the world. The name 'Merlot' derives from 'Merle', which is French for Blackbird!
94 Points Halliday Wine Companion
A barrel selection for cellar door release, and a particularly good example of the variety, the varietal integrity unimpeachable, the weight, balance and length likewise. The cassis fruit has just enough black olive/forest to give the finish the complexity it needs. James Halliday