The resulting wine was the Coldstream Hills 2010 Merlot, and it went down a treat!
While I'm probably still way too influenced by my recent Christmas diet, the 2010 Merlot tasted just like a rich plum pudding. Super-juicy ripe plums was the dominant feature on the palate, and this worked beautifully with our lamb shanks. I would actually make more of a Moroccan tagine-style lamb next time to have with this wine, because it would really be phenomenal with stewed dates and prunes surrounding the meat. There were beautiful, soft tannins holding the wine together making it excellent drinking now, but it would still benefit from some time in the cellar.
Coldstream Hills itself is a small winery in the cool climate Yarra Valley, and is better known for its Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. The vineyards are close planted which encourages vines to compete with each other which results in less vegetative growth around the vines. It also means a lower yield per vine which concentrates the fruits' flavours. This is particularly evident in the ripe cherry and plum flavours found in the 2010 Merlot.
Overall, this was a lovely light merlot that was highly rated by all at the dining table.
Website: Coldstream Hills