Hugh Hamilton The Ratbag Merlot 750ml 2015
Awards: 91 Points Halliday Wine Companion
Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Units Per Case: 12
All the lift we have come to expect from Church; plums, raspberries, star anise and rhubarb. A waft like walking past the open door of a confectionary shop. Salivatingly fresh fruit. Very pulpy palate, soft and luscious. The emery textured palate persists, plummy, long after you have finished the glass.
There were moves against Merlot – people would happily rip this grand Dame out by the roots and plant more Shiraz, probably. If I had only ever tasted the big company Merlots I might have been there with a shovel myself, but this is something different. Every reason to plant and care for Merlot is right here in this glass.