Geoff Merrill Pimpala Vineyards Shiraz 2017
- Rich, full-bodied
- McLaren Vale
Not to be confused with Geoff Merrill’s ‘Pimpala Road’ range, these Pimpala Vineyard wines are careful barrel selections from Geoff’s reserve range. This has spent no less than 20 months in French and American oak barrels, plus over three years in the cellar to let all its powerful fruit and decadent oak flavour all meld together. It’s like liquid black chocolate cake, with the Vale’s dark chocolate and heady spice flavours oozing head-on into dark cherry, blackcurrant leaf and roasted coconut. We’re always happy to see Geoff’s wines in the warehouse, and even happier to see them in our glass.
“Sweetly ripe and fabulously perfumed on the nose with dark fruit richness, cake spice, cedar and dark cocoa aromas, it's succulent and opulent in the mouth delivering silky texture and fine polished tannins. Wonderfully long and velvety with loads of delectable flavours”
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Geoff Merrill Wines
We say Merrill, you say legendary. A permanent fixture in the Aussie wine industry, Geoff Merrill has been in the game for over 40 years now and shows no sign of slowing down. Celebrated for his distinctively bold wines which reflect his zest for life and of course, having one of the greatest moustaches of all time – Merrill’s winemaking philosophy is focused on patience, elegance and unveiling the true varietal expression of wine. And in the history of the 'Fo, we must admit, Merrill has never made a bad wine. We put our mo on that.
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.