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Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Vineyard Merlot 2014, Margaret River, AUD $65

The colour is deep and there are blackberry and dark-olive aromas with a patina of toasty oak, while the palate is medium to full-bodied with good intensity of red and blue fruits, spices and the barest herbal note. Good richness and fleshy extract. It really satisfies. (Screwcap)

Score: 94 ★★★★½ – view on HuonHooke.com

Alcohol: 14%

Ageing: drink now to 12 years

Food: drink with thin grilled wagyu steak, with soy sauce and wasabi

Stockists: Moss Wood Wines

Ranked #3 of 39 2014 Merlot tasted from Australia

*It’s not in retail just yet, but the 2013 is also very good. Stockists: Wine House, Southbank – Vic; Wine Square, Camperdown – NSW.

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