100% Merlot, McLaren Vale, South Australia.
Appearance: Opaque red-black, scarlet rim.
Aroma: Ultra-rich red berry liqueur. Hint of sweet red beets, earthy, mineral notes, smoke, cola-nut.
Palate: Fat, silky, rich, black fruits. Dark chocolate. Soft tannin finish.
With air contact time there is hardly any progression at all, save for a hint of rich tomato soup on the nose.
"The 2008 Merlot will go a long way toward repairing the grape’s reputation as a libido killer. Purple-colored, it sports an enticing bouquet of cedar, black cherry, plum, and violets. Full-bodied, layered, and succulent on the palate, this ripe effort is well balanced despite its size, and has a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Drink it over the next 5 years."
The Wine Advocate
It's a medium body Merlot, with a bit of a harsh tannins for a Merlot, which unfortunately does not gain enough complexity in structure. The flavors are not bad, but it tastes kind of wet. The bouquet was pleasant but I forgot what the elements are... I think it's Cab is slightly better. I would give it 88.5 (is that legit?) instead of 90 :-)
Would not buy again - a real disappointment. Rather harsh, even with the vinturi.