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1999 Yalumba Merlot

Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
$8. 99
$107.88 Dozen
Closure: Cork

The price of Australia’s wine icons is on the move – and the trend continues to be upwards. However, as some of the best wines become inaccessible, new wines emerge that are fighting for a market position and these new brands are always landing at bargain prices, with very high quality. The 1999 Yalumba Merlot is one such new brand, seeking out a niche in a very crowded market place.
At twice the price, this wine would represent very good value, at this price it is nothing short of a absolute bargain that will only last a few weeks at best in the market place. Medium body, with crimson colour. The apparent lack of depth of colour is misleading and leads one into thinking that this will be a lightish wine. Not so! Excellent lifted nose, with aroma of confectionery, spice and mulberry, very, very appealing. The palate displays excellent weight and mouthfeel. Flavours of truffle, spice and mulberry are enhanced by velvet smooth tannins, and a very long spice, pepper aftertaste. Enjoy over the next 2-3 years. An absolute steal – be quick!

RATING: 91/100