Katnook Estate Merlot 2001

Were I asked to name ten excellent Australian single varietal merlots, I would certainly fail to name more than a few.  Happily, the subject of this wine review, Katnook Estate, generally produce a very good one from Coonawarra.  Another good producer I tried recently is Blue Poles.  Reading Katnook's description of the 2001 vintage here, it does not seem like it was an ideal vintage - a bit wet, above average yields and early picking.  Looking at the wine, its colour was starting to fade a little both in general appearance and particularly around the rim.  That, however, is where the qualifications end, because in the all important smell and taste department, this wine presented superbly.  It had an attractive aroma of spices and red fruits, while the palate had extremely good persistence (around 20 seconds in the mouth) and a certain delicacy that I enjoyed.  Great drinking.  Drink now.  90 points (7.5/10)

Abv: 13%
Price: $40 (current vintage)
Would I buy it having tasted it?  Yes
Website: http://www.katnookestate.com.au

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