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Craneford John Zilm Merlot 2004 750mL

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Adjusting the fruit at the crusher with tannins and acid and then the careful handling of the fruit throughout the ferment ensures for a wonderful wine at the finish. The ferment is finished in New French oak with an addition of Cabernet pressings, Cabernet and Petit Verdot made to the wine early to enable the marriage to be complete before it is ready for bottling.

Professional Reviews

92/100
The Wine Advocate
I continue to be shocked by encounters with top-flight Merlot from Australia (it doesn't happen that often). Craneford's 2004 Merlot, a knock-out effort from the Barossa that spent 16 months in French oak, exhibits a dark ruby/purple color in addition to rich aromas of berry fruit, roasted coffee, chocolate, and subtle herbs. This fleshy, voluptuously-textured, hedonistic Merlot will provide immense pleasure.
WA, Robert Parker Jr. Issue: #161



92/100
Wine Companion
Strong colour; medium to full-bodied; generous cassis/plum fruit, supple and smooth, but alcohol takes away from the varietal profile. So may the addition of a little cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot.
, James Halliday Issue: Mar 2006



89/100
Wine Spectator
Firm, with a velvety feel to the fairly dense blackberry, currant and mint flavors, finishing with a mild bite of tannins.
WS, Harvey Steiman Issue: Sep 15 2004



87/100
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red. Textbook merlot notes of minty cherry and chocolate on the nose, with a deeper coffee tone. Fat and almost oily, with bitter-edged cherry and licorice flavors showing a meaty, earthy character. Powerful, chewy and dense, the dark cherry note repeating on the finish. This needs some air.
ST, Josh Raynolds Issue: Aug 1 2006
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Adjusting the fruit at the crusher with tannins and acid and then the careful handling of the fruit throughout the ferment ensures for a wonderful wine at the finish. The ferment is finished in New French oak with an addition of Cabernet pressings, Cabernet and Petit Verdot made to the wine early to enable the marriage to be complete before it is ready for bottling.

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Products specifications
Varietal Merlot
Brand John Zilm
Country Australia
Area / Appellation South Australia
Region Barossa
Sub Region Barossa Valley
Vintage 2004
Format 750mL
Alcohol Volume 15%
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Adjusting the fruit at the crusher with tannins and acid and then the careful handling of the fruit throughout the ferment ensures for a wonderful wine at the finish. The ferment is finished in New French oak with an addition of Cabernet pressings, Cabernet and Petit Verdot made to the wine early to enable the marriage to be complete before it is ready for bottling.

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