A soft and supple palate with bright, cherry fruit flavours complemented by smooth tannins and a fine-grained finish. Very appealing drinking now, this wine will improve with medium term cellaring (3-4 years). Enjoy with risotto, pasta and pizza.
- VIC - Other Victorian
A modestly priced merlot from the sprawling vineyards of the Murray Valley, Deakin's 2008 vintage offers good varietal character. Spice, briar and plum aromas have attractive intensity and it tastes clean and pleasantly savoury with medium weight a soft, smooth middle and fine mild tannins. Good value. Food ideas: Weisswurst with mashed potatoes; lamb chops. Rating 4 Stars - Ralph Kyte-Powell, Epicure, The Age (07/SEP/2010)
Deakin Estate has released a trio of reds including a 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, a 2008 Merlot and a 2009 Shiraz. Offering value for money, each of the wines displays personality and are to be consumed when young or cellared for three to five years.Drinks Trade Online magazine (AUG/2010)
A wine-writing friend tipped this to me and before I go any further, let me point out it's $10. Deakin hang their hats on value-for-money cheapies, and this is punching way above its weight, too. There's the usual merlot characteristics ... plum and cherry and gentle spice, and that all important suppleness in the mouth. If you have a fnendly Italian restaurant around the comer, then this is your boy. Ric Allen, Manly Daily (04/DEC/2010)
....just-released Deakin Estate Merlot is from the 2008 vintage so it's had a couple of good years aging, and is in fact the handiwork of a winemaker who treats fruit for his wines with an almost personal, and certainly no factory-like, respect.
"I do like to think red wines have personality," Phil Spillman said. "In the case of our merlot the vines seek a life of comfort, hanging from the wire and not much interested in anything," Dr Spillman said. "But with encouragement, merlot is nothing short of charming, with a refined personality that needs to be matched only with the highest quality French oak." Dr Spillman said of his 2008 drop, that's 82 per cent Murray Darling and 13 per cent Coonawarra Merlot fruit, with a 5 per cent dash of Murray Darling Petit Verdot. The result is a wine with lovely rich preserved-plum flavours and fine silky tannins.David Ellis, Central Coast Exress Advocate (17/JUN/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
Mellow aromas with delightful cherry, blueberry, chocolate and fruitcake characters. Some spice and pastry notes also on the interesting nose.
A soft and supple palate with bright, cherry fruit flavours complemented by smooth tannins and a fine-grained finish.
Gamey dishes would be suitably paired with this Merlot. Roast turkey or roast pork with all the trimmings would be delicious accompaniments.
With its soft, round palate this wine is ready to enjoy now but would also benefit from short-term cellaring to develop some nice aged complexity.
Our Merlot fruit is handled gently, fermented in Sweeping Arm Potter Fermenters with pump-overs programmed and designed to extract good colour and only soft, round tannins, appropriate to the Merlot style. The wine is then put through Malolactic Fermentation and a slow maturation to add oak complexities before blending.