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Why do we love this wine?

So merlot’s gone down in history as the wine that the Sideways dude famously hated, and whenever someone says the ‘m’ word all I see in my mind are pictures of him swilling the spit bucket. Ugh.

Profile

Cherry
Citrus
Redcurrant
Medium-bodied
Bright
Delicate

Luckily, strappy sandals for guys and other once-unfashionable things are making a comeback - finally! I’m glad I never changed my closet, and I’m glad I never bowed to the fickle trends of the wine trade.

And here’s a merlot that I like, in proper pink form. Super fruity, leafy, crisp and savoury. Wants food. In both those respects it’s like a happy puppy. Smells (and tastes) a lot better though. Jacob Stein is known for his riesling, and rosé is often best made as a white aromatic, so it’s no surprise that it’s in fine form here. Savoury and intense, with fragrant red fruits leading to a dry finish.

So don’t be a merlot hater. That was so five years ago.

Awards

James Halliday
5 Red Star Halliday rated producer

Just don’t wear socks with your strappy sandals, unless you’re a maths teacher. That’s not related to fashion, it’s more a law of nature.

Wine Nerd Stuff
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Specs

Region
Mudgee
Vintage
2016
Cellaring
2018
Preservatives
Sulphites
Alcohol by Vol.
13.0%
Closure
Screwcap
Bottle Vol
750mL
Blend Info
100% Merlot
Serving Temp.
9.0°C

Region

Mudgee
Food Union
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...

Goes with

Chicken
Seafood
Spicy Foods