Hester Creek Estate Winery 2005 Reserve Merlot - 88pts
Availability: Older vintage. Direct from winery.
Production: 820 cases
Date Tasted: July 19th, 2010
Tasting Notes: This dark-ruby, 2005 vintage Merlot from Golden Mile Bench producer Hester Creek Estate Winery has aged well, showing no signs of a tired wine past its prime. A medium intense, developing bouquet of dark fruit, vanilla, pencil shavings and cedar aromas greet you on the nose. The dry, bold palate follows with developed flavours of blueberry, leather, toasted oak, vanilla, plum and bitter, dark chocolate.
Medium-plus tannins have rounded nicely with age (don't we all) and provide good structure to this tasty Merlot. Full, but not weighty with a moderate finish. Pair with roasted lamb. Drink now through 2013.
- Liam Carrier