Clarendon Hills Brookman Vineyard Merlot 2002
Wine AdvocatePerforming even better from bottle than it did from barrel, the 2002 Merlot Brookman Vineyard offers complex aromas of sweet espresso roast, black cherries, and white chocolate. This is a thick, juicy Merlot with plenty of structure and tannin as well as considerable intensity and impressive volume. It may be the finest Merlot ever produced in Australia. It will drink well for 10-15 years. Roman Bratasiuk is one of Planet Earth's greatest winemakers, and obviously a top-notch viticulturist given his obsession with sourcing extraordinary fruit from ancient McLaren Vale vineyards.
Wine SpectatorFirm in texture, with a green edge to the anise-scented dark berry flavors, finishing with persistence and a real sense of elegance. Best from 2006 through 2010.