Armagnac, Merlot

Although Armagnac is the oldest brandy distilled in France it has taken a back row seat to its more famous cousin Cognac. Not to be confused with Cognac (to the North of Bordeaux,) Armagnac lies between the Adour and Garonne rivers in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

Armagnac was never produced in the same vast quantities that Cognac has been produced and as such, was and continues to be produced by mainly smaller, family-owned producers rather than the ‘big players’ in Cognac.

There are ten different grape varieties used in the production of Armagnac, but four grape varieties in particular provide the backbone for the majority of Armagnacs. Always blended, the four main grape varieties are Baco 22A, Colombard, Folle Blanche and Ugni Blanc.

United Cellars import a wide range of Armagnacs from key producers such as Delord, Castarede, Comte de Lamaestre, Maison Gélas and many more!
Merlot in Australia is not a variety you will often see unblended, until recently. It is most often used to add suppleness and mid-palate to Cabernet’s stern, serious structure. In Australia, Merlot is now achieving considerable recognition as a varietal wine. Merlot blended wines are available from the warmer inland regions, such as Riverina, Riverland and Murray Darling. Single varietal Merlot from the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale produces a softer dry plummy wine. Whereas the cooler climates such as the Yarra Valley and Margaret River tends to take on more savoury characters with firmer tannins.

It is the most widely planted grape in Bordeaux, France where planting has rapidly expanded throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils, is relatively simple to cultivate and is a naturally high yielding. In St Emilion and Pomerol, it withstands the moist clay-rich soils far better than Cabernet, producing opulently rich, plummy wines. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of some of the best (and most expensive) Merlot based wines.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in New Zealand, California, Chile and Northern Italy. New Zealand's Hawkes Bay is producing outstanding Merlot-based blends, especially from the Gimblett Gravels.
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  1. Zilzie 'Selection 23' Merlot 2020
    As with all Zilzie wines, this represents outstanding value and superb quality for the price. Perfect every day wine from one of the oldest wine producing families in Australia. ... Learn More
  2. Zilzie 'Selection 23' Merlot 2019
    As with all Zilzie wines, this represents outstanding value and superb quality for the price. Perfect every day wine from one of the oldest wine producing families in Australia. ... Learn More
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  3. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Merlot 2018
    12 months in tight grain French and American oak. The nose has primarily lifted strawberry and plum fruit characters. Medium-bodied with an abundance of the primary characters carried through from the nose of plum and strawberry there is also a presence ... Learn More
  4. Giesen Merlot 2020
    A generous, smooth Merlot from the Hawke's Bay wine region, Giesen's Estate Merlot is a wine that's very approachable in youth and suitable for any occasion. The fruit is sourced from a premium Gisborne vineyard, producing a Merlot with good ... Learn More
    Giesen Merlot 2020
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  5. Giesen Merlot 2018
    Giesen's Estate Merlot is a wine that's very approachable in youth and suitable for any occasion. The fruit is sourced from a premium Gisborne vineyard, producing a Merlot with good fruit intensity and a touch of complexity through restrained use ... Learn More
    Giesen Merlot 2018
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  6. Philip Shaw 'The Conductor' Merlot 2016
    The high altitude, age and aspect of Orange and in particular the Koomooloo vineyard has ideal conditions for producing a Pinot Noir of great complexity. The Conductor wears a medium colour with a bright red hue and smells of rich ... Learn More
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  7. Farnese Calalenta Rose 2020
    Made by legendary winemaker Dennis Verdecchia, this “Provencal style” rosé has a very pale powder pink color. Fresh and soft aromas of strawberry, watermelon and pink grapefruit accompanied by pleasant floral notes of rose petals and broom. It stands out ... Learn More
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    Luca Maroni
  8. Koerner Brothers Adelaide Hills Rose 2019
    Clare Valley's Koerner Wine scored the top gong in the national wine competition. Winemaking brothers Damon and Jono Koerner, from Koerner Wine in the Clare Valley, have been crowned the 2019 Young Gun of Wine (YGOW). "Brothers Koerner showcases our two ... Learn More
  9. Elderton Estate Merlot 2019
    The 2019 vintage shows how superb Merlot can be in Australia, when handled well, and this wine can sit proudly with its harmonious power and elegance. Deep red colour in the glass. Beautiful perfumed aromas of plum, red berries, spice. With ... Learn More
  10. Chateau Petit Picoron Bordeaux 2016
    Founded in 1570 by the Picoron family, Château Picoron has a long history of wine. Now days, Château Picoron is operated by an Australian family. What we produce is as much a celebration of the history of our winery, ... Learn More
  11. Katnook Estate Merlot 2016
    Lavishly flavoured yet supple, this powerhouse rendition should appeal to many a Merlot devotee. A complex array of ripe fruit and oak on the nose. Plum, coffee and cedar combined with subtle notes of dark chocolate and cedar. Complex layers ... Learn More
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  12. Chateau Saintayme 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    From the team of Denis Durantou, the 2018 Saintayme (100% Merlot brought up in 30% new oak) is a total charmer that savvy readers should snatch up. Offering full-bodied notes of black raspberries, kirsch, and spice box, it has silky tannins, a terrific ... Learn More
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  13. Delord Xo - 10 Years Bas Armagnac (200Ml)
    Bas Armagnac Delord XO is aged for a minimum of 6 years and has a gorgeous burnished/tawny/bronze colour. ... Learn More
  14. Parker Estate Terra Rossa Merlot 2010
    The dry nature of this area produces low-yielding vines where the fruit is highly concentrated in flavour, resulting in vibrant and elegant styles of wines. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  15. Star Lane Beechworth Merlot 2014
    Made by consultant winemaker Rick Kinzbrunner, this is an awesome expression of New-World Merlot ... Learn More
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  17. Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling 2008
    Brian Croser reports that the “ 1998 vintage was significantly cooler at 1401 degrees Celsius heat summation as against the districts average of 1414 degrees Celsius.” Both the Petaluma Merlot vineyards were drought affected which resulted in a diminished berry size “to the smallest ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  18. Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot 2018
    "Widely regarded as one of the best wineries in the region, producing glorious chardonnay, power-laden semillon and elegant cabernet sauvignon that lives for decades. Moss Wood also owns RibbonVale Estate, the wines treated as vineyard-designated within the Moss Wood umbrella." 5 ... Learn More
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  19. Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard 'The Revivalist' Merlot 2017
    It smells comforting at first, but as the drinker delves, the bouquet unveils mossy, damp forest earth, and then fresher, leafy greens emerge with their tannins. Medium bodied, strawberry and plum, savoury, grainy graphite tannin, cool acidity, tomato paste flavour ... Learn More
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  20. Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2018
    The Revivalist has a powerful bouquet of black cherry, milk chocolate and a touch of bay laurel. Bold flavours of blackberries and barrel toast are enveloped in a lush mouthfeel. Hardly lacking in structure, the wine is incredibly balanced with ... Learn More
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  21. Peppertree Reserve Coonawarra Merlot 1998
    This wine exhibits all the hallmarks of a great Merlot. It has intense varietal fruit characters with an elegant, well structured palate. ... Learn More
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  22. Petaluma Reserve Coonawarra Merlot 1998
    Brian Croser reports that the “ 1998 vintage was significantly cooler at 1401 degrees Celsius heat summation as against the districts average of 1414 degrees Celsius.” Both the Petaluma Merlot vineyards were drought affected which resulted in a diminished berry size “to the smallest ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  23. Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard 'The Revivalist' Merlot 2016
    100% Merlot matured in French oak for 15 months. ... Learn More
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  24. Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2019
    The Revivalist has a powerful bouquet of black cherry, milk chocolate and a touch of bay laurel. Bold flavours of blackberries and barrel toast are enveloped in a lush mouthfeel. Hardly lacking in structure, the wine is incredibly balanced with ... Learn More
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  25. Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard 'The Revivalist' Merlot 2015
    100% Merlot matured in French oak for 15 months. ... Learn More
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  26. Chateau Franc Mayne 2019 (En Primeur - Delivery 2022)
    A Grand Cru Classe of Saint-Emilion, Chateau Franc Mayne enjoys an exceptional location in the prestigious appellation. Owned by the Savare family since 2018, Chateau Franc Mayne is enjoying a great momentum of renewal. The property is beautifully represented by the ... Learn More
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  27. Chateau Tariquet 100% Folle Blanche - 5 Years Bas Armagnac
    A remarkably lingering Armagnac, eloquent proof that a four-year-old brandy can already be very good. ... Learn More
  28. Chateau Tariquet 100% Folle Blanche - 8 Years Bas Armagnac
    The delicate finale emphasises the recent marriage of the fruit and the woody structure. A remarkably lingering Armagnac, eloquent proof that an eight year old brandy can already be very good ... Learn More
  29. Castarede Napoleon - 15 Years Bas Armagnac
    The appellation Napoleon is a blend of Armagnac of at least 5 years old. Our Napoleon is a blend of Armagnacs which are around 15 years old. Gives ripe prune aromas and dry fruits. Is very smooth with some rancio notes. ... Learn More
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  30. Delord 1996 Bas Armagnac
    Grape Variety : Ugni blanc, Folle Blanche , Colombard, Baco 22 A ... Learn More
  31. Delord 1985 Bas Armagnac
    Serving circumstance: After meal drinkServing temperature : Room TemperatureReady to drink ... Learn More
  32. Merite Ultra Merlot 2015
    Vinification: Picking date determined by berry sensory analysis. Hand-picked and sorted by clonal batches. Fully-destemmed then lightly crushed, fermentation in small stainless-steel vats by clonal batches at 23c with remontage twice-daily for 7 days. Racked into barrels to complete fermentation then ... Learn More
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  33. Delord 1983 Bas Armagnac
    Light intensity, amber in colour and with pretty orangey tints ... Learn More
  34. Comte De Lamaestre 1990 Bas Armagnac
    Old gold, orange reflections ... Learn More
  35. Grosperrin "Cognac De Collection" Folle Blanche 2008 5 Years Old
    This cognac comes from the blend of 2003 and 2008 vintages, two harvest that were distillated on dregs, and then aged in big grain oak casks. The water reduction was done on an 18 months period in our cellars. ... Learn More
  36. Francois Voyer Napoleon - 15 Years
    Serving circumstance: After meal drinkServing temperature : Room Temperature ... Learn More
  37. Online Tasting Pack - South Italy Tasting Thursday 29th July 6:30pm aest

    Southern Italian wines are something we don't see enough of here in Australia and in an effort to change that, we're going to explore some of those wines together. Virtually visiting regions like Sicily, Campania and Puglia, we'll take ... Learn More

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  38. Comte De Lamaestre 1979 Bas Armagnac
    An intriguing and complex Armagnac. ... Learn More
  39. Chateau Tariquet 100% Folle Blanche - 12 Years Bas Armagnac
    A clean, intense nose expressing softness with vanilla and a pleasant note of cocoa. The esters are subdued, and reveal exotic fragrances when the brandy is exposed to the air. This unusual Bas Armagnac brandies offer a comprehensive and surprising ... Learn More
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