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No great wine and food match today - although if you must know it was some locally made fried sausages with mash potato laced with creme fraiche, basil and garlic - all that was required from the wine was a full and rich little number to relax in front of the telly with...

Red Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Willunga Creek Black Duck Cabernet-Merlot, 2005, McLaren Vale, Australia.
Stockist: Henley Fine Wines [More on UKWOL] Price: £12 [More on Adegga / Snooth]

The tasting note: vibrant blackberries on the nose with slithers mirrored on the palate but coupled with spice and something plummy. Here and here a hint of dark chocolate too. It is not your lightly sweet, easy-drinking Aussie blend - it has much needed complexity and a more sophisticated mouth-feel. Good length too. Alcohol 14.5%.

Scribblings Rating - 90/100 [3.75 out of 5]

The Cabernet/Merlot is a great quaffer with barbecued meat excellent with confit (twice cooked) duck, Asian style (star anise orange peel and sake in the brew). We actually had the duck recipe in our restaurant which was called Black Satin Duck, we matched it to the Merlot and Cab/Merlot. Duck and Merlot or Cab/Merlot is an excellent duo.

The Willunga Creek Winemaker.

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I see you use the 100-point scale for rating wines. A colleague of mine rolls his eyes at this. He claims the traditional and useful method was a 20-point scale, by which a wine was given a certain and limited amount of points for color, aroma, etc. The best that could be had was an 18; "19" and "20" were margin-of-error scores reserved for wines so fabulous as to be indescribable.

Have you heard of this system? Any thoughts?

Following your comment Nancy, I've written a full post on this...

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