2015 Highbank Coonawarra Merlot

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One of the highest-rated Australian Merlots ever on The Wine Front. 96+ points - "This is the one. Must drink." - Mike Bennie.

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Merlot. Often maligned, rarely nailed in Australia. Here's a wine that bucks the trend.

The Highbank Merlot sets a high watermark for the variety in Coonawarra. It's a tribute to the high-quality farming by Dennis Vice and his crew. Sustainable viticulture yielding a tremendous wine that can go toe-to-toe with the most esteemed of the old world and the new.

This shows deep, brooding fruit and a framework of incredible tannin that will see it develop beautifully for decades to come. Mike Bennie wrote, "This is as good a merlot as I’ve seen in recent years." in his huge 96+ point review of the 2015 vintage.

This single vineyard Merlot is sourced from our family Highbank vineyards in Coonawarra.

A delightful wine, matured in the finest of French oak barrels for 1 year, we offer this Vintage 2015 Highbank wine to you with pride.

96 Points - "This is as good a merlot as I’ve seen in recent years. Seamless, svelte, incredibly succulent and appetising tannins (those tannins!), dark plum and berry fruit but all of that understated, rasps of ferrous earthiness and graphite minerality, faint ‘Aussie bush character’ – there’s so much going on but it’s seamless, finessed and just shy of medium weight across the palate. Every sip I wanted another. Big call. It’s merlot, and old school-good school, and outdoing that region with an X at the end of it. This is the one. Must drink." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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