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The Little Penguin Merlot 2009 Wine Review

The Little Penguin Merlot 2009

The Little Penguin Merlot 2009

South Eastern Australia, Australia

Community Score: 2.2/5

Community Reviews: 3

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Price: $10.95

Drink: 2011-2014

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: The Little Penguin

Agent: Treasury Wine Estates

Natalie's Score: 86/100

Surprisingly tasty for this price point: delivers terrific value in the bottle! Lovely lifted notes of plush plums and some mint. Smooth, supple and full-bodied. Perfect for your next potluck gathering.

This was reviewed January 14, 2011 by

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  • ANBL
  • 500008
  • $12.49
  • 759 bottles
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Donna reviewed this wine as follows:

Great budget wine!
The 2008 vintage was warm to hot, with a pro-longed heatwave in mid-March. However, grapes picked before the elevated temperatures were delivered to the winery in pristine condition, resulting in good varietal definition and balanced flavours. This wine was matured with French and American oak. Nose:Aromas of cherry, spice and juicy plums blend with hints of subtle oak. Palate: Full of flavour, black cherry and raspberry notes flow onto a vibrant, supple palate. The finish is soft, smooth and



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