The Family Gisborne Merlot 2013 $25 ★★★★family co merlot

Pioneer winemaker John Thorpe and his family are really making a name for themselves with this family brand and lovers of soft, plummy and plush merlot will fall all over themselves when they taste this wine. Bright berries, cherries chocolatey spices and a long, silky finish make this an impressive, easy-to-drink wine.