Willowglen Merlot 2017, South-East Australia

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Think Australian red wine, and Merlot probably isn't the first grape variety that springs to mind. The Willowglen range of wines, made by family-owned De Bortoli, aims to reinvigorate that time when Aussie wines took us all by storm. They've even managed to make a smart Merlot.

Just using grapes from the cooler Victoria region gives you a red wine with enticing aromas of raspberry and a touch of vanilla. You'll find flavours of candied berries and cherries on the palate, and a velvety character.

One of five wines in the Willowglen range, wines we've chosen because we think they'll offer you the best value Australian wine drinking around.

Using grapes from Victoria make this red wine an Australian Merlot you can easily enjoy. Enticing aromas of currants and raspberries, with hints of vanilla. Flavours of candied berries and cherries. Very enjoyable
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Percentage Alcohol



South-East Australia

Grape Variety





Medium-Bodied Red



Food Match

ArrayBeef, Lamb, Sausages

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The Producer

Founded by Italian immigrants in the 1920's, De Bortoli is one of Australia's 'First Families of Wine'. This group of 12 family-owned wineries celebrates the rich heritage of Australian winemaking. It wasn't until 1972 that sales of table wine began to overtake fortified wine, so the wines we know and love today are a relatively recent phenomenon.

De Bortoli is still very much a family affair. The third generation are now at the helm, with Darren De Bortoli both MD and overseeing the winemaking, Leanne De Bortoli's winemaker husband Steve Webber, and Kevin De Bortoli the company's viticulturist.

The Winemaker

"Drink what you enjoy. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to find an interesting bottle." So says Steve Webber, De Bortoli's winemaker in the Yarra Valley. It's a sentiment that could apply to any of the Australian company's many tiers of wine. Although both Steve and Darren De Bortoli both studied at Australia's best school for winemakers, Roseworth (now part of the University of Adelaide), there's a feeling of doing things their own way at De Bortoli.

That's perhaps most notably manifested with the Noble One wine. It's a sweet wine made from Semillon that's been affected by botrytis, also called 'noble rot'. When people scoffed at the idea, Darren became all the more determined to produce it, and today it's one of Australia's classic wines.

The Region

De Bortoli draws upon a range of classic Australian wine regions to produce their wines. Riverina, that powerhouse of grape production enabled by the precious water from the Murray-Darling basin, still provides much of the fruit for their wines. Premium regions De Bortoli is active in include the Yarra Valley, Heathcote, King Valley, and the Hunter Valley.

If there's one mantra that runs through all the De Bortoli wines it's that wine should both be varietally 'true' and also reflect the region where the grapes are grown. We think the Willowglen wines manage to capture that 'sense of place'; a reflection of all that's great about Australian wine.
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Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

The garlic, parsley and herb sauce drizzled over this steak really wake up the taste buds. A smooth, fruity Merlot will complement the steak nicely.
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Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pasta

Tomato-based sauces match well with high acidity wines - fuller bodied whites and medium to full reds. The acidity squares up to the acidity in the tomatoes, making both food and wine taste fruitier. Try a ripe fruity Merlot or oaked white such as New World Chardonnay.
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Roast Lamb with Herb Butter

Lamb is a classic match for Merlot with the balanced tannins and cedary flavours of the wine perfectly matching a simple roast. The Willowglen Merlot will match your lamb beautifully while complementing the herb butter and rich meaty flavours.
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