2009 Reserve Shiraz

“Approx. 14 months after vintage, Geoff and Scott undergo a blind tasting to select the finest barrels from our McLaren Vale vineyards that make the grade for our Reserve Shiraz. These barrels are blended together in tank then returned to a variety of new and seasoned American and French oak hogsheads for additional maturation prior to bottling.”-Geoff Merrill



Wine Reviews:

92 points -Campbell Mattinson (The Winefront)

"Merrill makes an old-fashioned style of Shiraz, high in toasty/coffeed oak and with less emphasis on fruit freshness. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This is the epitome of that style, black and syrupy with leather and ground coffee adding to the sweet, rich-but-mellow impression."

90 points -James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)

"Matured for 3 years in American and French hogsheads and puncheons. It's all about the winery, not the vineyards, both the time in barrel and the origins of the oak. A wine that 20 years ago might have been given a gold medal, but not now. Having said that, it has a devoted band of followers who don't want change."

90 points -Toni Paterson MW (The Real Review)

"This wine reflects the warm vintage with rich, ripe fruit. There is a touch of currant and a little chocolate, plus strong coconutty oak. The acidity is a little shrill on opening, however, it comes more into balance once the wine has had time to open. Once the wine blooms, the fruit is slurpy and supple, the tannins are soft, and a little savouriness shines through. It is a wine that needs decanting a few hours before serving to bring out its best."

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