This is a medium to full bodied wine with great fruit depth. The wine displays an abundance of dark fruit, bitter chocolate and black jubes characters with hints of earth, game and mint. The tannins are noticeable yet soft and fine and the palate length impressive.
This 2009 vintage Merlot is currently a favourite to enjoy with an evening meal. It is highly aromatic, has a big flavour across the mid palate and a zestful finish that immediately invites another mouthful. So, the bottle tends to disappear quickly, a reliable test of the worth of any wine, white or red. It's rare to see a Merlot with this degree of hedonistic pleasure attached to it. On my personal scale, if I had to point it, this would be a 97-99 and In have been making Merlots since 1984. Merlot, like Pinot Noir has a high degree of difficulty attached to it (in the vineyard) and this wine comes through with flying colours. The tendency is to pick it super ripe to avoid green flavours. This wine is ripe, without the green flavours. The flavour spectrum is deep and broad and no trace of hotness on the finish. It doesn't get much better than this regardless of grape variety. This example shows you that, on its day , Merlot can be up there with the best of them, perhaps to reign supreme, as with Petrus. Erl Happ September 2014.