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