Craggy Range Te Kahu Merlot 2009

I am a newcomer to Craggy Range's wines.  And so far I am impressed.  The 2009 vintage of Craggy Range's "Te Kahu" single vineyard merlot from the Gimblett Gravels is an excellent wine.  It is a blend of 80% merlot, 12% cabernet franc, 5% cabernet sauvignon and 3% malbec.  It has an aroma of plums and subtle oak.  On the palate, there are at times quite pronounced spices, pepper, acidity and very good length.  It achieves what many Australian merlots do not - balance and length.  My only complaint is that Craggy Range's website appears, regrettably more than regularly long on marketing speak.  89 to 90 points (7.4-7.5/10)

Abv: 14%
Price: $30
Would I buy it having tasted it?  Yes
Website: http://www.craggyrange.com/

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