Huon Hooke’s wine of the week in today’s SMH is the 2005 Elderton Barossa Merlot. He writes:

“Regular readers will know I’m not usually a fan of merlot, which imbues this Wine Of the Week with special meaning. It is a ripping red and also good value (again, not often true of merlot). It’s of the full-bodied, rich and fully ripe, warm-climate style and is probably not a wine that will gain great complexity or subtlety with age, but it’s a delicious drink while young.

Sweet fruit, vanilla and a touch of hummus to sniff; fleshy and full-throttle in the mouth with rich, ample fruit flavour and soft, supple tannins that clean and gently dry the finish. An easy drinking wine now and for at least five or six years.”

The food suggestions to accompany this wine are hard and washed-rind cheeses; casseroles, stews and braised meats. A good thing autumn is upon us.