The Adelaide Hills is fast becoming the place for quality Merlot that has a structure, unlike the fruit bombs from other warmer climate, that will allow it to cellar for the medium term. After the bottom dropped out of Merlot as a result of the movie Sideways, the variety is experiencing a comeback. The variety has some similarity to it's Bordeaux friends but they come across in a juicy fleshier style with a slick light tannin mouth-feel.
The Mike Press Merlot starts with big oak but don't be scared as Mike is not afraid to use oak to lead the way. The oak has made the palate feel creamy and soft but the flavours of mulberries, black and redcurrants, chocolate pulling through on day 3. The wine needs another 2 years in the bottle to full resolve yet the quality of the wine is shining bright. Stupid value!
Drink: 2014 - 2020