Elderton Merlot 2005

72 points

Barossa Valley, South Australia.

I tried this wine after it achieved the highest points in Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine.

Confected vanilla young oak, on a simple, alcoholic unconcentrated warm climate wine.  It’s good in its class, but its class is upmarket supermarket wine (YellowTail etc).

I’m a big fan of Elderton’s shiraz wines.  But my palate isn’t blind to the problems that Merlot seems to have in Australia, let alone warm climates like the Barossa.  How on earth could this top a Merlot tasting featuring wines from Australia, New Zealand, and most surprisingly France ?

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