The 2013 Mandala Yarra Valley Merlot Story

Merlot grapes are dark blue-colored and popular as both a blending grape due to its softer consistency compared to Cabernet, as well as a standalone variety due to its pleasing texture and weight. As the most popular and widely planted varietal in France, it calls Bordeaux home but is planted in wine regions across the world. The name 'Merlot' derives from 'Merle', which is French for Blackbird!

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Tasting Notes

The nose is full of attractive dark cherry characters, plums and an aroma of olive. The palate is medium to full bodied, with wonderfully ripe black fruit complimented by spice notes. 2013 was an exceptional vintage for Mandala Wines and the Yarra Valley region overall, with the 2013 Merlot receiving 94 points from the James Halliday Tasting Notes 2016. This wine will only improve and mature with cellaring time, with the suggested time of around 5-10 years.

This wine is best enjoyed

Variety of mealtime settings, a good podcast, pre-show drinks.

Meal Pairing Suggestions

M: Chunky chicken casserole topped with a sweet date-based sauce
V: Portobello Mushroom burger, garnished with lettuce and cheese sauce

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