The colour's saturated purple. It's not soupy, but seems like it should be. Does that make sense? It's dense basically - big extraction.
Earthy, cooked plums dominate the nose but there's a touch of cassis there as well. Very sweet and a bit cloying.
Very juicy fruit on the palate - sweet plums and blackcurrant - dense and unctuous. The tannins are there, but not aggressive: they're soft but not delicate. It's mouthfilling and almost flabby but not. I actually really like it. And I don't generally like merlot unless it's from Pomerol and, well, expensive. But this isn't bad. And it's Australian. Weird.
Tasted 4/5/07 at Edinburgh Wine Merchants