The Geoff Merrill wine making philosophy has been and always will be, to make wine that allows regional, varietal and vintage expression, without excessive winemaker intervention. Great wine is a matter of balance and Merrill's passion for subtle, elegant and harmonious flavours in wine is well documented.
This McLaren Vale Merlot is an elegant stylish wine with strong varietal definition - soft velvety tannins and a palate showing berries, red currants and subtle vanillin oak.
Although released as a mature wine, time will bring out the best in this amazing McLaren Vale Merlot.
The colour is a dark red with great depth and vibrancy with aromas displaying blackberry, cinnamon, earth, fruitcake and violets blended with cedary oak, vanilla and chocolate. The palate is powerfully structured belying its age, keeping the distinctive fruit in check.
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.