2014 Geoff Merrill Mount Hurtle Shiraz

2014 Geoff Merrill Mount Hurtle Shiraz

Johan Axlund

"Classic Geoff Merrill Shiraz. It's complex, rich and elegant. Ageing beautifully, stewed plums, Christmas spice and plenty of quality oak."

Johan Axlund

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Johan Axlund

"Classic Geoff Merrill Shiraz. It's complex, rich and elegant. Ageing beautifully, stewed plums, Christmas spice and plenty of quality oak."

Johan Axlund

RRP: $40.00 per bottle37% OFF

$24.99

(buy 12 or more)

$25.99 per single bottle
Bottles
4 payments of $6.50 with More info
Taste Guarantee
Love it or your money back*
Free Delivery
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Finally released after long ageing in barrel and in the cellar, this stunning red epitomises everything great about 'Vale' Shiraz, with an impossible inky rich mid palate, limitless flavour.

Geoff believes that the key to intense red wines is to start with the right material, and from the outset this would have been a beast. A big wine, overflowing with flavour.

But now, thanks to all that time in bottle and barrel, you end up with the best of both worlds - a classic, full bodied McLaren Vale red, and still a wine that is inviting and moreish.

Geoff has done it again.

Expert Reviews

94 Points - Sam Kim - Wine OrbitOffering terrific fruit richness, the wine shows black and purple fruit characters combined with vanillin oak, toasted hazelnut and dark spice notes on the nose. The palate exhibits excellent concentration and depth, wonderfully enhanced by velvety texture and refined tannins. Deliciously lingering. At its best: now to 2028.

Tech stuff

Shiraz
Geoff Merrill
McLaren Vale
2014
750ml
14.5%
Cellar to 2028
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Light

Full

How's it taste?

The colour is a bright, dark red, developing some brick red hues. The aroma shows an initial herb and spice note which then reveals an inviting cherry ripe and red berry fruit character. A hint of toasty vanilla oak complements this classic McLaren Vale Shiraz nose. The palate is juicy and delicious. It is smooth and seamless over the whole length and finishes on a warm and fruity note. The tannins are fine and in balance, and the acidity keeps everything together, ensuring longevity and broad food matching potential.

How was it made?

THE NAME “When I purchased the Mount Hurtle winery in 1985 it was to preserve a small piece of Australia’s winemaking history. Today the winery is an oasis among suburbia, nestled in 4 acres of vineyards and landscaped gardens and has retained an almost Tuscan charm.” -Geoff Merrill VINTAGE INFORMATION 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.

Who made it?

Geoff Merrill has been making wines under his own label since 1980. He purchased the Mount Hurtle winery in 1985. The derelict building is now restored to its former glory and lies nestled in four acres of vineyard and garden with Tuscan inspired charm. The winery and 1500 square metre barrel hall completed in 1998 cope well with the rigours of modern winemaking. Geoff's winemaking philosophy is to make wine that allows regional, varietal and vintage expression without excessive winemaker intervention. Geoff specialises in Shiraz and Cabernet sauvignon and believes that great wine is a matter of balance. He strives for subtle, elegant and harmonious flavour, with an unwavering commitment to styles that can be enjoyed at table. Premium reds are released 3 years after harvest, while the reserve selection and Henley labels are held in the cellar for oak and bottle maturation for 5 years prior to release.

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