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2015 Smith and Hooper Merlot

2015 Smith and Hooper Merlot

Shows attractive red fruits on the nose with hints of green olive and leaf. The palate is plump in the middle - so welcome in merlot - and finishes with fine tannins.'
96 Points - Nick Bulleid MW, Gourmet Traveller Wine

AUD $16.50 per bottle in a case

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$99.00 A CASE (6 x 750ml)


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DESCRIPTION
  • Smith & Hooper crafts premium wines within a philosophy naturally expressed by the unique terroir of the Wrattonbully region. Ancient geology and a moderate climate work together to create wines of finesse and distinction, with seamless flavours, exceptional palate weight and length. Wrattonbully is one of Australia’s most exciting viticultural discoveries of recent times. Blessed with the celebrated soil profile of Terra Rossa over limestone, the region is rapidly establishing a high class reputation for wines of depth and elegance.

    This 2015 Merlot recently sent shockwaves through the industry when it took out a massive 96 Points in a Gourmet Traveller Wine Tasting Panel article on the current state of the Limestone Coast. With three Master's of Wine behind the blind-tasting, and the likes of Wynns, Katnook, Rymill & Parker wines all featuring, it was a pretty big upset for a $16.50 bottle of Merlot. Exceptional wine, and a great reminder as to the potential of this grape variety in Australia.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    In our Wrattonbully vineyards we have learnt a great deal about tending to the Merlot grapevine and we trellis them with a catching wire. This gives the vine stability, structure and allows the grapes to receive dappled light rather than full sun. The art in Merlot winemaking is avoiding over extraction of the

    tannins from the fruit and seeds. Our wines are made in static fermenters, continually tasting the developing wine and pressing the skins to give structure and weight, without tannic hardness. In the pursuit of soft tannins, we are judicious in our oak selection and moderate with its use.

    A wet winter replenished the soil’s moisture levels. Spring and summer were warm and mild, encouraging healthy vine growth. Dry conditions throughout December and January kept the bunch and berry sizes small, with excellent concentration of colour, flavour and tannin.

    TASTING NOTES

    Dark cherry red in colour. This aromatic Merlot opens with notes of morello cherry and blue fruits, followed by violets and dark chocolate aromas. The palate is bursting with dark cherry and plum flavours, sweeping along into savoury notes from the French oak. Lovely natural acidity combines well with the tannins and fruit to keep the wine enticing and structural. This wine is blended to be enjoyed now and for five years.

  • REVIEWS

    'Shows attractive red fruits on the nose with hints of green olive and leaf. The palate is plump in the mjiddle - so welcome in merlot - and finishes with fine tannins.'
    96 Points - Nick Bulleid MW, Gourmet Traveller Wine 

    'An engaging heady aroma. Dried rose petals and cranberry. Gorgeous concentration with extraordinary intensity through the length of the palate. A youthful modern style with excellent flavour.'
    Toni Paterson MW, Gourmet Traveller Wine