Gin, Merlot

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. 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
  3. 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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  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Tatachilla Clarendon Vineyard Merlot 1998
    Winemaker Notes Situated 215 metres above sea level, Clarendons cooler viticultural conditions yield Merlot grapes which enable our winemakers to craft a flavoursome and complex wine that is ready to enjoy now, yet will cellar well enabling the development of further ... Learn More
  8. Tarquin's Copa Glass Clear
    Tarquin's goblet-style gin glasses. Each 750ml, perfect for a large Tarquin's and Tonic with plenty of ice! Yeghes Da! ... Learn More
  9. Tarquin's Mixed Minitures Gift Set (X4 50Ml)
    Gin Miniatures Gift-Pack includes; x1 TARQUIN'S CORNISH DRY GIN 5CL - 42% We’ve hand-selected 12 different botanicals – carefully sourced from both distant and exotic locations around the world – to craft a spirit that’s bursting with Cornish Sunshine. x1 TARQUIN'S BLACKBERRY & ... Learn More
  10. Mayer Merlot 2021
    From St Huberts road / Yarra Valley floor ... dark purple in colour with an intense nose of black fruit. Cassis and red plums on the palate with a soft pressed herb and leafy characters on the aftertaste. A mineral note and ... Learn More
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  11. Lyres Dry London Spirit 700Ml (Non-Alc)
    This unique spirit has been impossibly crafted to capture the essence of a classic Gin, with flavours that are distinct and contemporary. Lyre's spirits don't just mimic, they have their own distinction as a premium, non-alcoholic beverage. To Taste: Firm ... Learn More
  12. Moonshiner Simmons Street Aussie Native Gin 42% 500ml
    Cramming as much flavour as humanly possible into a bottle, the Simmons Street Australian Native Gin may look angelic on the outside but on the inside it’s on fire with a hit of aniseed and cinnamon and a soothing ... Learn More
  13. Hellfire Tasmanian 'Coffee Liqueur' 700Ml
    To make a great coffee liqueur, you’ve got to start with a great coffee. We used Son of a Gun, a full-bodied mix of Colombian, Guatemalan and Ethiopian beans from Zimmah, a Tasmanian speciality coffee roaster. They roast this ... Learn More
  14. Moonshiner Alice Street Pomegranate Gin 500ml
    Cramming as much flavour as humanly possible into a bottle, the Alice Street gin has a flavour that is resoundingly and unmistakably… pink. It combines the sweet tartness of pomegranates and apples with a clean vanilla finish. This is the ... Learn More
  15. Moonshiner Angel Street Cherry Gin 500ml
    This gin is all flavour, flavour, flavour. Perfect to pair with your family roast or a dark chocolate treat. It combines the deep sweetness of new season cherries with a hint of rhubarb, steeped in Australian Native Gin. ... Learn More
  16. Moonshiner Clara Street Kumquat Gin (500ml)
    Want a gin that packs a flavour punch? This is it. Our Clara Street Gin will wipe those expletives clean out of your mouth with a hit of kumquat, aniseed, cinnamon and pepper. It’s marmalade in a glass. Perfect ... Learn More
  17. Moonshiner King Street Negroni (500ml)
    We leave our Aussie Native Gin steeping for a month in baked barrels with Vermouth and bitter aperitif to create the silkiest damn drinkable Negroni on God’s sweet earth. We’re essentially giving you three liquors in the space ... Learn More
  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. Moonshiner Half Moon Taster Pack 3 x 100ml
    A tasting 3 pack of Moonshiner Gin's incredible range of Gins. All 3 are cramming as much flavour as humanly possible into a bottle, the Simmons Street Australian Native Gin may look angelic on the outside but on the inside it’s ... Learn More
  20. Poor Toms Sydney Dry Gin (700Ml)
    Poor Toms steep ten botanicals in Australian wheat spirit, which is then single-shot distilled in a 200-litre Müller copper still. You’ll notice a classic juniper backbone complimented by fresh green apple, native strawberry gum leaf, and chamomile. ... Learn More
  21. 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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  22. Moonshiner Margaret Street Signature Gin (500ml)
    Cramming as much flavour as humanly possible into a bottle,our Margaret Street Signature Gin gives you a burst of sun kissed Oranges, Strawberry Gum and Dorrigo Pepper with every delicious mouthful. We guarantee it stands up too tonic, even ... Learn More
  23. Gingle Bells Gin Baubles (Set Of 6)
    Containing 6 colourful & festive Christmas Baubles filled with unique and flavoursome gins inspired by and created using native botanicals from Australia & Asia. Each set includes: Cocktail guide to make the most out of each flavour Premium wrap around gift box with ... Learn More
  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. Poor Toms Strawberry Gin Batch 700Ml
    This is the first commercial batch of Poor Toms' soon-to-be infamous Strawberry Gin. The PT crew steep the tastiest fresh strawberries they can find along with young ginger and hibiscus flowers (for colour) in a batch of Sydney Dry Gin. ... Learn More
  26. Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin (700ml)
    Perfectly balanced and wonderfully complex, this gin is accented by native Australian botanicals, including blood lime, Dorrigo pepperleaf, lemon myrtle and river mint. All underpinned by pronounced juniper. Our carefully crafted Signature Dry Gin uses fourteen traditional and native botanicals, ... Learn More
  27. Tarquin's  Blackberry & Honey Gin 700mL
    14 hand-picked botanicals, carefully sourced from both distant and exotic locations around the world – to craft a gin in proud celebration of the Great British Blackberry. Distilled in 4 batches in 4 copper pot stills. BLACKBERRIES ~ 100% British WILDFLOWER HONEY ~ from Cornwall (Britain) JUNIPER ~ ... Learn More
  28. Tarquin's Cornish Dry Gin 700mL
    We’ve hand-selected 12 different botanicals – carefully sourced from both distant and exotic locations around the world – to craft a spirit that’s bursting with Cornish Sunshine. Distilled in 4 batches in 4 copper pot stills. JUNIPER ~ from Italy CORIANDER SEED ~ from Bulgaria ... Learn More
  29. Poor Toms Fools Strength Gin (700Ml)
    From one of the newest and coolest 'urban distilleries' in Marrickville, Sydney. At 52%, Poor Toms Fool Strength is a rich, classic, full-bodied gin. You’ll notice a classic juniper backbone complimented by fresh grapefruit, native strawberry gum leaf, and chamomile. ... Learn More
  30. Hellfire Tasmanian 'London Dry Gin' 700Ml
    Our gins are a product of the pristine local water and the finest botanicals we can source. These high quality spirits reflect the same passion for quality and care that influences everything produced here. Hellfire’s London Gin has bold ... Learn More
  31. Animus Distillery Ananas Gin 500ml
    50% ABV. Inspired by Luke Jacques’s mild obsession with Tiki cocktails and questionable lounge music, here we have the second release of the sublime Animus Ananas Gin. And what an epic it is. As you might expect, fresh pineapple accounts ... Learn More
  32. Melbourne Gin Company Single Shot 700ml
    The Melbourne Gin Company is an independent distillery with an artisan production approach. Their gin range is hand crafted, batch distilled and non chill filtered. From the worlds most liveable city comes its very own Melbourne Dry Gin. A classic ... Learn More
  33. Animus Distillery Macedon Dry Gin 500mL
    A bold reinterpretation of gin - Animus's Classic Dry took on a life of it's own when lemon myrtle and mountain pepper berry were added to the rich, juniper led base. It's a zesty, spicy, gin that has an effortless, ... Learn More
  34. Animus Distillery Arboretum Gin 500ml
    A complex herbaceous gin utilising a range of local estate-grown ingredients: Fresh strawberry gum leaf, lemon thyme, rosemary, oranges and native bush tomato support the classic gin notes of bold juniper, coriander seed, and citrus, with a long, spicy balanced ... Learn More
  35. Mix your own Gin Cocktail Kit

    With this Cocktail mixing pack, you can mix and match to make your perfect style of cocktail. This pack contains one bottle of Award Winning Tarquin's Gin from the UK's Cornish Coast. To flavour this wonderful gin are three ... Learn More

  36. Moonshiner Distillery Tour Package
    1x 500ml Moonshiner Margaret Street Signature Gin, 1x100ml Simmons Street Australian Native Gin, 1x Clara Street Kumquat, 1x 100ml Barrel Aged Negroni A tasting pack of Moonshiner Gin's incredible range of Gins. All 4 are cramming as much flavour as ... Learn More
  37. Amazonian Gin (700ml)
    The first and original premium Gin made with extra neutral sugar cane spirit distilled with juniper berries from Macedonia and a careful selection of fresh fruits and botanicals from the amazon rainforest, harvested by Amazonian farmers. The nose as an ... Learn More
  38. Hellfire Tasmanian 'Piquant Gin' 700Ml
    Piquant combines the traditional botanicals of London Dry Gin with Tasmanian mountain pepper berries, olive leaf, lemon myrtle leaf and lemon grass. Full of bold, herbal notes that will delight gin lovers, it holds its flavour well mixed with tonic ... Learn More
  39. Hellfire Tasmanian 'Summer Gin' 700Ml
    We’ve taken the classic London Dry Gin and given it a local twist, adding brown boronia flower, Tasmanian leatherwood honey and Tasmanian mountain pepper berries. The result is an award winning spicy, complex gin that’s best sipped slowly, ... Learn More
  40. Animus Distillery Ambrosian Dry Gin 50% 500mL
    Utilising the bold flavours of mandarin, kaffir lime and white sesame, along with fresh tumeric, galangal and ginger, Animus Ambrosian is a bold reinterpretation of gin rich with both Australian and South East Asian influences. 50%ABV 500ml Silver Medal - ... Learn More
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