Top Aussie red

Taylors Merlot, Clare Valley 2012 $19

The colour is impressively dark and purple-hued; the bouquet rich, ripe, intense blackberry with a floral note suggesting violets. Bright and fruit-driven, it’s clean and softly fruity in the mouth, with light to medium weight and mild, gentle tannins. Drink now to five years. 14 per cent alcohol. 88/100 (Huon’s Wine 360)

Food: rare steak and onions

Stockists: all of the chains


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