2019 Huntington Estate Merlot

If they could think and have an opinion in the land of the red grape, I wonder if ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome’ would be a thing.  Do you know what I mean?  When there is a ‘Noble Variety’ and a ‘most planted in Australia variety’, I sort of wondered where Merlot fits in among these tall poppies.  It doesn’t seem to have a tag like other varieties do, does it?  It just gets called ‘Merlot’.  And you know what, when you see good examples of the variety like this one, it doesn’t need a tag or to be know by anything other than what it proudly is.  Merlot.

It’s a lovely bright crimson colour with a slight youthful purple at the rim of the glass.  It’s definitely (and proudly) Merlot on the nose with plums, black fruits with just a little sweet fruit aroma coming through.  It’s elegantly medium bodied on the palate where it shows its varietal definition.  Plums, blackcurrants, some red fruit sort of ‘freshness’ and a hint of spice to top things off.  It has a nice, smooth and lingering finish even though the tannins are a tad drying but that’s okay with me.  Very much enjoyed it and I wasn’t the only one. 

Huntington Estate Website

Region: Mudgee, NSW     Price: $32     Source: Sample thanks to Huntington Estate

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