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mars-needs-merlot-2014Muster Wines Mars Needs Merlot 2014, McLaren Vale, AUD $18

Here’s a merlot with some heft. There’s nothing weedy about it. The bouquet is spicy and earthy; the palate dense and fleshy, concentrated with chewy tannins. Plenty of extract, density and gravitas. Good value if you’re into gutsy reds. (Screwcap)

Score: 89 ★★★½ – view on HuonHooke.com

Alcohol: 14.8%

Ageing: Best now to 13 years

Food: Venison braised with cherries

Stockists: Muster Wine Co (AU & NZ); The Wine Corner, Carlton (Vic.); Rose Bay Drive (NSW)

Ranked #5 of 23 2014 Merlot tasted from Australia

Price Benchmark: AUD $25.40 Avg 89pt 2014 Merlot tasted from Australia

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