Geoff Merrill has done it again, proving his relentless consistency over the decades and his avid followers will be blushing at the thought of the Botham Merrill Willis from 2014. Twenty nine (count em’) months relaxing in American and French hogsheads would often over power the juice but not in this instance as the intense, chocolatey, dark and brooding fruit holds up in impressive balance. This kind of style is what put Ozzie reds on the world map. It’s full. It’s rich. It’s powerful. It’s what the doctor ordered. And if big, bold, rich dark shiraz is your jam, it’s definitely what you should order too.
“This is instantly appealing on the nose showing dark fruit richness combined with seductive notes of vanilla, cedar and warm spice aromas. It is wonderfully delectable and satisfying on the palate, displaying excellent concentration and intensity, backed by silky texture and polished tannins.”
Full price $40.00 from Producer at 17 April 2020.
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- McLaren Vale
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- 100% Shiraz
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From the producer
A terrifically dark dense colour with youthful purple hues. The aroma is very typically McLaren Vale, showing chocolate, savoury meats, spice, dark berry fruits and olive tapenade. The palate is balanced, fruity and lively with smooth tannins, a deep, rich mouthfeel and clean acidity adding length to the finish.
The 2014 vintage started out with a wet winter in 2013 with higher than average rainfall which then essentially ceased for the months following. An unexpected burst of heat through spring lead to flowering early. Low rainfall and extremely high temperatures then continued throughout summer. Immediately following the high temperatures was some cool weather and a large rain event which slowed down ripening, causing quite a gap in vintage. Top wines will be exciting, well balanced acidity and full flavoured with good tannins.
29 months in American & French Oak hogsheads
McLaren Vale is a region that lives in the shadow of the hype of the Barossa. While it has played on Shiraz as its drawcard, and continues to battle (quite rightly) with the supreme power of the Barossa, perhaps the most exciting wines from this region are its old vine Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre/Monastrell - whatever you want to call it), and its more recent foray into Spanish and Italian varietals. Both the sun's warmth and the reliable salty afternoon gully breeze make the climate closer to Mediterranean than many other Aussie regions, and some of the Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese from here are sublime (to name only a few). Awareness, proper consideration and sense of place are key attributes to the region's success, and its recent win against urbanisation reinforces the value of the viticultural region.