Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
A living legend of the Australian wine industry, Merrill Reserve has claimed Australia's most prestigious awards, including Jimmy Watson and Visy Great Australian Shiraz Challenge. Merrill Reserve is a compilation of his best wines, as selected from a vintage of small parcels which have been treated to an extended maturation. Merrill Reserve can be best described as voluptuous and seductive, laden with complex chocolatier flavours and tensile textures, beckoning and beguiling before revealing the stately structure within.
Following traineeship at B Seppelt & Son and a stint in South Africa, tours of duty at Thomas Hardy and Chateau Reynella, Geoff Merrill acquired the beautiful but derelict Mount Hurtle wineworks in 1985. Merrill devoted years of love and hard work to restore the winery vineyard to its former glory. The property produces some of the finest Shiraz in McLaren Vale. Upon completion of a traditional fermentation, the choicest batches of Shiraz are filled to a selection of small French and American oak barrels for an extravagant three years maturation. A rigorous selection of the most spectacular lots are assembled into Merrill Reserve Shiraz, bottled aged under the Mount Hurtle cellars for further development.
Dark red with ruby hues. Complex nose, raspberries and creamyness, pepper and spice, liquorice and plum. The palate displays fresh fruits and a silky texture over very fine tannins. Toasted smoky oak, balanced acid and concentrated fruit flavours provide great structure. One of the nation's most eminent Shiraz wines, all elements in astonishingly fine balance.