WA 93 The Bordeaux varietals begin with the 2005 Merlot Brookman Vineyard. Sourced from a 65-year-old vineyard, it is opaque purple-colored with an expressive perfume of toasty oak, mulberry, blackberry, black raspberry, and chocolate. Layered, rich, and thick, it can be drunk now but will evolve for 5-7 years. JM Oct 2007.
WA 92 The 2006 Bordeaux varietals begin with the 2006 Merlot Brookman Vineyard. Velvety textured and approachable now, it will nevertheless evolve for 5-7 years and drink well through 2020. JM Feb 2009.
WA 91 2008 Brookman Vineyard Merlot presents a deep garnet-purple color and moderately pronounced notes of macerated plums, blackberries, cloves, pencil shavings and a whiff of stewed tea. With a structure of medium-high acid and a medium-firm level of chewy tannins, it’s well balanced with the condensed full-bodied fruit, finish long. Delicious now, it should keep to 2014+. LPB Dec 2010.
Bright scarlet colour. Blueberry and briar fruit to the bouquet, plums and dark chocolate over sweet cocoa tar notes, cardamon and mulberries. Cocoa and sour cherries on the medium weight palate, framed by light oak and supported by supple fruit tannins. Ripe, lingering fruit flavours, excellent mouthfeel and a delicious, plum lined finish.
WA 89-91. The red wines include the outstanding 2004 Merlot Prestige, which was bottled after spending 24 months in 100% new French oak. There is plenty of bad Merlot in the marketplace, but consumers should remember that when it’s great, it’s very great (i.e., Bordeaux’s Petrus). Haan’s 2004 exhibits a dense purple color along with a sumptuous perfume of plums, coffee, mocha, chocolate, and berries. Full-bodied with well-integrated oak and plenty of length, it will drink well for a decade. RPJ Oct 2006.
Buy 6 or more and pay 55sgd each. Decanter World Wine Awards - Commended International Wine Challenge - Silver Mundus Vini - Silver IWC - Gold
Buy 6 or more and pay 55sgd each. Double Gold, China Wine and Spirit Awards 2014. The Irvine obsession is to produce the best merlot in the world. To that end, they have twice been selected as exactly that in internationally recognised competitions, beating the best of Pomerol along the way to that prize. The wine is meticulously made and is released 6 years after bottling. The philosophy at the winery is as follows: "Our Grand Merlot shows all the characters we were after, representing a very high level refinement of style and individuality. Further comparisons of analysis of Merlot from overseas and Australia plus intuitive drawings from...
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