Estate Range

2013 Mount Riley Merlot Malbec


Mount Riley's Estate Range (pictured right) is great quality and value. Each wine in this range is fresh with pure, vibrant fruit flavours and aromas.

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    Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
    This youthful beauty is full of appealing fruit flavours - dark plum, blueberry, cassis - together with subtle nutty, spicy notes. It's supple, silky and rounded with excellent intensity, beautifully supported by fine-grained tannins. Very easy to like. At its best: now to 2017.
    4.5 Stars, 90 Points

    Raymond Chan - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
    A blend of Merlot and Malbec from vineyards in the Wairau Valley, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 10% new French and American oak barriques. Full, very dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour. This has a softly deep and concentrated, up-front nose of ripe, black berried fruits, along with spices, earth and smoky detail, the aromas primary and youthful. Medium-full bodied, the palate features soft-textured, smooth-flowing flavours of sweetly ripe black and blue berry fruits, dark plums and layers of earth and spices that form a plump, but solid core. The fruit is supported by fine, grainy tannins with soft, background acidity, lending a mellow fulsome mouthfeel which leads to a light, dry finish of black fruits. This is a soft, up-front, black-fruited Merlot-blend with spice and earth interest. Serve with pastas, barbecued food, beef and lamb over the next 4+ years.
    4 Stars

  • Awards

    Silver Medal Easter Show Wine Awards 2015
    4.5 Stars Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)
    4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Review

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The Malbec in this blend imparts body, complexity and rustic characters while the Merlot gives fresh fruit flavours. Plum and dark berry fruit is supported by spice, chocolate and earthy aromas. A medium bodied wine with ripe dark fruit flavours and soft, supple tannins.