"Named after the beautiful old Bush Vine Grenache vineyard owned by mates of mine in McLaren Vale. The fruit in this wine is hand picked to best preserve this glorious old vineyard. We have been taking fruit from this block for many years and it’s one of our favourites.” – Geoff Merrill.
The 2017 Winter began quite dry, with just enough rain arriving in late winter and early spring to add some much-needed moisture to the soil depths. Aside from hot conditions during spring, the growing season progressed quite well without lengthy extremes causing too much damage. The summer heat tapered off to ideal, mild conditions required for extended ripening of late varieties such as Grenache and Mataro. Most varieties will have stand out examples, either due to a reduction in yield such as Shiraz and to a lesser extent Cabernet, or the ideal conditions at the end of the season for Grenache. 2018 overall is a terrific McLaren Vale vintage with its most important varieties coming out on top
Immediately visually appealing, the colour is a striking, yet delicate pure pink. The aroma is a mix of strawberry and perfumed violets with a hint of blood orange in the background. Initially on the palate there's clean bright berries and a floral edge and you think that's it, until the vibrant acidity modestly unfurls revealing its elaborate structure and length.
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.
JAMES HALLIDAY - THE AUSTRALIAN
Pale magenta; expressive grenache perfume/spice; carefully managed skin contact. Fresh, vibrant, juicy red berry/raspberry/cherry; bone dry and crisp, matches whatever you eat. Merrill has 30 years in the rosé game. 13.5% alc, screwcap 93 points; drink to 2020
SAM KIM - WINE ORBIT
Delightfully fruited and instantly appealing, the bouquet shows white flesh nectarine, raspberry, watermelon, lemon peel and floral characters, leading to a vibrant palate that is pristine and lively. A charming wine offering fabulous elegance and poise.