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2016 Thyme Hill Central Otago Merlot

Rating Very Good to Excellent

Dusty gravel, mixed wild & dried herbs, fruit cake and dark fruits, oak spices with time.

A light to medium weight style that has a crunchy, playful, almost Beaujolais like quality to it. Plum and berries lie at the core with dried herbs and tea-leaf, flowing to a lightly charry finish. Some youthful sappiness adds to the appeal.

An interesting alternative to Central Pinot.

Mark Henderson, Otago Daily Times