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Geoff Merrill Wines "Bush Vine" Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2012

Wine Type: Large_icon Large_icon
Style of Wine:Big & Bold
Country of Origin:Australia
Wine Region:South Australia
Appellation:McLaren Vale
Grape Varietal:Shiraz, Grenache, and Mourvèdre
Bottle Format:750mL
Case Size:12 bottles
$341.40 Per Case ($28.45/btl)

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Tasting Notes

Geoff Merrill began his winemaking career at B Seppelt & Son in 1970. Five years later he joined Chateau Reynella (owned by Hardys) as Assistant Winemaker, and in 1977 was promoted to Senior Winemaker, a position he held until 1985. While at Chateau Reynella Geoff was able to make wines under his own Geoff Merrill label. These wines were first released in 1983 with his 1980 Cabernet and 1981 Semillon. In 1988, Geoff left Hardys to run his own winery near Adelaide, and has continued to gain national and international recognition for his distinctive style of winemaking and his zest for life. Geoff Merrill wines are made at his historic Mount Hurtle winery – approx. 75,000 cases in total.

Geoff Merrill’s winemaking philosophy is to make wines with regional, varietal, and vintage expression, without excessive winemaker intervention. Geoff feels that great wine is a matter of balance, combined with subtle, elegant, and harmonious flavours. In 2005, Geoff won the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show for his 2004 Reserve Shiraz.

The grapes for this wine come from Merrill’s vineyards in McLaren Vale, in South Australia, one of Australia’s top grape-growing regions. McLaren Vale wines are known for their intense power and flavour. A blend of 45% Shiraz, 45% Grenache, and 10% Mourvedre. Select parcels of Shiraz and Grenache were blended together for their wonderful spicy, perfumed aromas and vibrant fruit – Mourvedre contributes weight (like the bass notes in music) and structure to the palate.

After temperature-controlled fermentation, the wine was aged for 20 months in American oak barrels – hogsheads and the slightly larger puncheons which hold 318 litres instead of the usual 225 litres.

Our Tasting Note: Dark brick red colour, with blood red hues. Deep wild berry fruit aromas – raspberry and blackberry - smoky, dark cherry and blackcurrant with savoury-spicy notes. The wine is well-balanced and nicely structured with fine tannins, good acidity, and well-integrated oak. A full-flavoured wine with a quality finish. Alc./vol. 14.5%; RS 2.8 gr/L

Pairing suggestions: With richer-flavoured dishes, particularly grilled meat dishes and barbecue, but is also enjoyable on its own.


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