2008 Grey Sands Merlot

This wine is not trying to be anything other than what it is.  A damn good expression of Australian merlot.  The other thing I have to clarify, this is the current release for Grey Sands.

This is a merlot that does not disappoint right from the start.  It is a beautiful garnet colour.  No, let me rephrase that.  Royal garnet in colour and still showing some youthfulness.

Poke your nose in the glass it’s all plush plums, a touch of spicy black cherry and other black fruits.  I felt a bit weird because I realised everyone was watching me swirl and sniff this wine for, what seemed to them, like a hell of a long time.

All that yumminess is there too when you finally decide you’d better have a taste or a drink (before the guests start thinking you’re a bit odd).  The oak and tannins have become very comfortable and relaxed while wrapped in a doona of dark fruits that this wine seems to possess in spades.  This wine has a warm, friendly feel about it and you can’t help but like it.

I have been a fan of this wine for a number of years but don’t drink enough of it but only because I can see it’s potential and tend to put it away for a rainy, roast lamb, kinda day.

Region: Glengarry, Tasmania     Cost: $40     Source: Sample



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