Ripe plum and cherry flavours dominate Smithbrook's Merlot grapes. Elegant but rich, the expression of dense, savoury tannins is only found in the very best examples of this variety.
- WA - Other Western Australian
- Western Australia
92 Points - "“As we work our way up the Merlot price tree, there's a real step-up in class around the $20 point, and it's with this wine that things really get going. It's meaty, savoury spice nuances add interest to primary red fruit flavours. The palate has good length and density, supported by supple, fine tannins.” - Tyson Stelzer - Wine Business Monthly - February 2008.
88 Points - "Good juicy merlot fruit; soft and approachable with a hint of cedar from the oak, and juicy plums on the palate." - James Halliday - James Halliday Wine Companion 2009 - July 2008.
88 Points - "Easy drinking, smooth and flavoursome, this polished and creamy merlot has a meaty, earthy bouquet of blackberries, blueberries and dark cherries backed by sweet gamey/vanilla oak and suggestions of bitter chocolate…firmish loose-knit backbone...slightly sour-edge palate…finishes with refreshing acids." - Jeremy Oliver - Jeremy Oliver Australian Wine Annual 2009 - October 2008.
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2005 Smithbrook Merlot shows some nice spicy oak and bright ripe red fruits immediately after opening. With a little aeration and time in the glass the full extent of the fruit richness and complexity starts to come forward, with brooding dark cherries, Satsuma plum and some blackcurrant sweet spice supported by Smithbrook’s typical savoury structure. A very unique style of Australian Merlot, with a balance of sweet fruit and savoury tannins that has much in common with French and Italian examples of this variety.