It's back! This is perennially one of our best-selling wines. Classic, old-school red from an industry heavy-weight. Quality wine at an even better price!
A stalwart of the McLaren Vale wine industry, Geoff Merrill needs no introduction. Since his first vintage under the Geoff Merrill label in 1980, Geoff has been producing quality wines that consistently deliver.
This Cab Merlot blend comes off his Pimpala Vineyard, and sees an extended maturation in oak. A wine of intensity and complexity with plenty of oak nuance, it is drinking beautifully now after a few years of bottle age, but will certainly continue to develop over the next five years. Normally, a wine of this calibre would be in the $50 - $60 range (in fact, it's sold on Geoff's website for $55!), so at this price, it's an absolute steal!
“This exclusive, small batch range pay homage to the beautiful old vineyards that are the centrepiece of our home, the famous heritage listed Mount Hurtle winery. Established in the late 1800’s, Mount Hurtle has been our home since the early 1980’s.” - Geoff Merrill
The colour is a dark red with great depth and density. The aroma shows delicate herbaceous and herbal notes initially, which open up to clean red berry fruits and toasty oak. The palate has both depth and strength, and fruit delicacy producing a complex wine with structure and longevity. Fine tannin, bright fruit and tensioned acidity join to create a food friendly wine that will provide great experiences now or well into the future.
Geoff Merrill has been making wines under his own label since 1980. He purchased the Mount Hurtle winery in 1985. The derelict building is now restored to its former glory and lies nestled in four acres of vineyard and garden with Tuscan inspired charm. The winery and 1500 square metre barrel hall completed in 1998 cope well with the rigours of modern winemaking. Geoff's winemaking philosophy is to make wine that allows regional, varietal and vintage expression without excessive winemaker intervention. Geoff specialises in shiraz and cabernet sauvignon and believes that great wine is a matter of balance. He strives for subtle, elegant and harmonious flavour, with an unwavering commitment to styles that can be enjoyed at table. Premium reds are released 3 years after harvest, while the reserve selection and Henley labels are held in the cellar for oak and bottle maturation for 5 years prior to release.