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. 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. Norfolk Rise Merlot 2017
    Lifted red berries, mint, stone fruits and sweet cherries. The palate features plum, spice and forest fruit flavours balanced by chocolate and vanilla oak notes, finishing with good length and soft fine tannins. ... Learn More
  4. Norfolk Rise Merlot 2016
    Lifted red berries, mint, stone fruits and sweet cherries. The palate features plum, spice and forest fruit flavours balanced by chocolate and vanilla oak notes, finishing with good length and soft fine tannins. Outstanding value! "This shows a lot of “ ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  5. 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
  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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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    Ray Jordan
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  11. 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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    James Suckling
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    Vinous
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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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  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Tanqueray London Dry
    Tanqueray offers a clean and crisp taste. It is both succulent and subtle with penetrating spicy layers enhanced by golden, lemony top notes. Made using a recipe from 1830 it is unmatched for clarity, sparkle and zest, using the highest quality ... Learn More
    Tanqueray London Dry
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  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Tanqueray Flor De Sevilla Gin
    Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla is a unique distilled gin made with Sevilla orange essences and other fine botanicals. Inspired by Charles Tanqueray’s original recipes and the ripening oranges growing on the trees in sun-drenched Seville, the result is a ... Learn More
  24. 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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    Huon Hooke
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  25. 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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    Gary Walsh
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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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
  29. Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard 'The Revivalist' Merlot 2016
    100% Merlot matured in French oak for 15 months. ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  30. Dodd'S Kew Organic Gin (700Ml)
    Founded in 1759, today the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew, London, is home to the largest collection of rare and treasured plants in the world. It's from this Unesco Heritage Site that the team behind Dodd's gin have been working with ... Learn More
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  31. Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard 'The Revivalist' Merlot 2015
    100% Merlot matured in French oak for 15 months. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  32. Four Pillars Gin 700Ml
    Has been awarded medals at a number of prestigious international competitions: Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2016 and 2014, Gold at the Global Gin Masters 2016, and Gold at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition 2014. "Four Pillars ... Learn More
    Four Pillars Gin 700Ml
    $75.99 Per item
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  33. 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
  34. Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin (700ml)
    World's Best International Contemporary Gin - American Distilling Institute Craft Spirits Awards (USA) World's Best Spirits Packaging - International Wine & Spirits Competition (London) Australia's Best Gin - International Wine & Spirits Competition (London) Australia's Best Gin (Platinum Medal) - SIP Awards ( ... Learn More
  35. 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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    Antonio Galloni
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  36. Tarquin's Cornish Dry Gin Gift Pack 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. Santamania Madrid Dry Gin 700Ml
    A juniper-driven London Dry style, with a distinctive Spanish accent. A beautifully balanced contemporary gin. The nose shows pungent rosemary and fresh citrus aromas. The flavour profile is both zesty and sappy with delicate floral notes and of course the ... Learn More
  40. Jensen’S Old Tom London Dry Gin
    The name Old Tom apparently came from wooden plaques that were shaped like a cat (an "Old Tom") and hung outside some pubs in 18th century England. Jensen’s Old Tom recipe was taken from a distiller’s handbook from ... Learn More
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