Buy of the Week AU

Banks Thargo Merlot 2013, Coonawarra, AUD $18

It is always exciting to find affordable wines with integrity such as this. The nose is beautifully aromatic, reminiscent of warmed cherries in a vanilla syrup. The palate is tight and bright and remarkably youthful, brimming with concentrated sweet-mulberry berries and gentle drying tannin – it certainly does not look four years old. There is a little attractive earthiness once the wine sits in the glass.

It is a touch too young to drink right now, though decanting helps open it up, but it will develop nicely with age. A sub-$20, single vineyard merlot for the cellar. Hard to beat.

Score: 89 ★★★½

Alcohol: 14.5%

Ageing: 2018 to 2022

Food: Braised beef with thyme and mushrooms

Stockists: Order direct from Banks Thargo Wines

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