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Review Deakin Estate Merlot ‘02

They say, sometimes lightning strikes twice in the same place, in this case we have got to say “not today”!

This wine comes from a winery that was started in 1994, just west of Victoria Australia at the Red cliffs, near Muldura in the Murry Valley. This wine was aged in both French and American oak. This is how the wines sometimes pick up that hint of vanilla. The variety of grape was 100% Merlot. The color was deep red; the smell was like plum fruit. The taste had hints of plum, oak, vanilla and spices with tannins that are not to bitey. We tried this wine two nights ago with chicken gumbo; we were just not impressed. I don’t know maybe it needs to age more?

Ok here goes, we are giving this wine a second chance. We are having home made pizza tonight, K.D chopped up 3 different colored bell peppers, red, yellow and green. She added mushrooms, garlic, baby spinach and three type’s cheese, your normal meat topping and then she added Greek peppercinis.  When we were in Europe we stopped at an Italian pizza place and they gave us a pizza with these long green peppers. The Greek peppercinni are the closest we have come to finding the same taste that we had in Europe. In Europe each slice had on piece of peppercini. You need to be careful when you add these because to many and you’re screaming for water. Just enough and it adds such flavor it’s to die for. Time to break out that half bottle of Deakin Merlot; it again was just not kickin it. Even though we tried to give it a second chance it still was just OK. There are too many other good Merlots out there to purchase this again. On the bright side, the pizza was major happening.

I would rate this wine (OK).

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