2014 Merlot, Estate

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Intense aromas of blackberries and redcurrants. A soft and rounded palate of juicy blackcurrant, cedary spice and anise.


Suggested Food Match


Light meats such as duck, quail and veal, and pasta dishes. Also perfect with mild spicy curries and stir fries with mild heat and crunchy textures such as Pad Thai, Basil chilli stir fry and Thai red curry.



  • Silver Medal – AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2016
  • Silver Medal – China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016
  • Silver Medal – San Francisco International Wine Competition 2016
  • Silver Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards London 2016
  • Bronze Medal – International Wine & Spirit Challenge, London 2016
  • Bronze Medal – Riverina Wine Awards 2016
  • Bronze Medal – Australian Cool Climate Wine Show 2016
  • Bronze Medal – NSW Wine Awards 2016
  • Bronze Medal – Canberra & Region Wine Show 2016
Reviews (5)

5 reviews for 2014 Merlot, Estate

  1. QWine

    2014 Estate Merlot – QWine (August 2018)

    Winemaker Graeme Shaw is intent on ensuring the quality of Canberra Merlot is not overlooked. With a great 2013 vintage, this follow up 2014 is an enjoyable drink.

    Dripping in blackberry fruit, touches of cigar box and some clove ride on the flank taking an easy ride. It’s glossy with volume and energy here too. Oak protrudes a little but soft spices roll on in a relaxed manner. Good stuff.

    Drink now to eight years.


  2. John Rozentals

    2014 Estate Merlot – John Rozentals (August 2018)

    If all Australian merlot was this good — instead of the sweetened up stuff often pedalled by our major producers and destined principally for the American market — I’d be much more receptive of the variety. This is rounded and shows a completely dry palate with lots of dark-berry flavour and of medium weight. Like good cabernet, a great match for lamb.

  3. Stuart Robinson

    2014 Estate Merlot – Stuart Robinson (August 2018)

    Merlot in Australia can show its true colours and intent just on aroma alone, in my less than humble.

    Here: Olive skin, a hint of tobacco and – somewhat unusually – cocoa/coffee grounds.

    Medium bodied, freshening acidity and fine tannin. Well made Merlot, all to rare in Australia – but that position is improving as winemakers get a handle on the variety and clonal selection gets better.

    Hints of oak reveal a hand. A pleasurable and enjoyable drink.


  4. VinoNotebook

    2014 Estate Merlot – VinoNotebook (October 2018)

    Christmasy cedar/pine spice dominates easy black and red fruit aromas. Smooth and easy palate. The 4 years in bottle has allowed this to mellow. Soft, simple tannins give a day-bed cushion to blackberries and bramble. Cola-esque sweetness with dark soy/anise spice. Chary oak makes for a”burnt ends” meatiness that isn’t unattractive. It’s not going to rock your world, but it is well made. Crack it with a big big plate of sticky ribs and you’re set.

    Rating: 16.75/20

  5. Sunday Telegraph

    2014 Estate Merlot – Sunday Telegraph (September 2018)

    Having kicked plenty of goals with shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and his standout red Merriman, Canberra region vigneron Graeme Shaw is now beating the drum, and for very good reason, about merlot. This soft wine displays welcoming flavours thanks to excellent cool-climate fruit selection.

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