AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN DOZENS ONLY
“Every parcel of fruit that comes in during harvest receives the same attention at Geoff Merrill Wines. Following fermentation and maturation in American and/or French oak barrels, I taste every barrel at the winery to select and determine the best wines to include in our vintage “Barrel Select” blend.” – Geoff Merrill
The aroma shows a savoury blend of earthy herbs and spice along with hints of plums, black cherries, capers and meaty notes.
The palate is strong and imposing with fleshy ripe fruits, giving way to a well proportioned mid palate displaying firm tannins, finishing with balanced acidity and great length.
Enjoy with bold red meat dishes such as lamb shanks, hearty beef stew, pasta with tomato based sauces, pizza with tomato and salami and thick Italian sausages.
VINTAGE INFORMATION: Preceding Winter and Spring rains were significantly lower than had been previously reducing crop potential in the important growth stages leading up to vintage. On average yields were down approximately 30% across many varieties in McLaren Vale. Fluctuating temperatures in January and rainfalls in February resulted in a ‘pause’ in vintage allowing ripening to occur at a more manageable rate. By the end of vintage, even with the lower crop yields, our fruit had more time to ripen properly resulting in very good flavour concentration, acidity and structure.
|Maturation||Aged for 18 months in seasoned American oak puncheons|
“It’s gorgeously fruited and fragrant on the nose showing blackcurrant, sweet cherry, mixed spice, vanilla and roasted nut aromas, followed by a wonderfully ripe palate displaying excellent weight and velvety mouthfeel well supported by fine-grained tannins. Harmonious and delectably styled. 5 stars.”
Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)