2015 Geoff Merrill Pimpala Vineyard Cabernet Merlot

2015 Geoff Merrill Pimpala Vineyard Cabernet Merlot

Johan Axlund

"Great vintage of this full-bodied Cabernet. Rich whilst elegant, concentrated dark fruits and great oak treatment."

Johan Axlund

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Johan Axlund

"Great vintage of this full-bodied Cabernet. Rich whilst elegant, concentrated dark fruits and great oak treatment."

Johan Axlund

RRP: $55.00 per bottle54% OFF

$24.99

(buy 6 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
On orders Over $300*

The Pimpala Vineyard surrounds Geoff's winery in McLaren Vale, the mature vines now just a smidgen of the estate vineyard but with a big part in the Merrill history.

Why not make the wine from this plot as a single estate? And make it a celebration of flavour at that?

Heroically full bodied, with mountains of flavour and tannins, this red spends an outrageous 28 months in oak barrels then matured in the winery cellar until it is ready.

No one is surprised by the tannins, the chunky fruit, the outrageous flavour of this big McLaren Vale red that, in all seriousness, will still be alive and kicking for another twenty years.

Expert Reviews

95 Points - Sam Kim - Wine OrbitThis is brimming with dark fruit richness together with dried herb, vanillin oak and dark chocolate notes on the nose. The palate exhibits awesome fruit power and depth with plush texture and fine chalky tannins, offering classic structure as well as opulence. 5 stars.
94 Points - Wine Showcase Magazine

Tech stuff

Cabernet Merlot
Geoff Merrill
McLaren Vale
2015
750ml
14.5%
Cellar to 2024
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Full

How's it taste?

The colour is a dark red with good depth and clarity. Unmistakably Cabernet on the nose, this wine displays capsicum, red berries, dark chocolate, beetroot and black olive. Then, the palate has a tight line of fantastic acidity runs through this wine like a pencil lead. Enhancing the herbaceous Cabernet flavours and drawing them out over the length of the palate. The Merlot is doing a fine job of adding ripeness and depth to this long and intense Cabernet blend.

How was it made?

“This exclusive, small batch range pay homage to the beautiful old vineyards that are the centrepiece of our home, the famous heritage listed Mount Hurtle winery. Established in the late 1800’s, Mount Hurtle has been our home since the early 1980’s.” – Geoff Merrill

VINTAGE INFORMATION: McLaren Vale had one of the earliest vintages on record this year, with mild weather playing an important role for the region; rainfall was lower than average and with dry conditions from early August meant supplementary irrigation was vital. With only a few sporadic hot days, the weather allowed natural acids with low pH levels to develop. Yields had fallen just below average, however this varied depending on variety. Overall 2015 was a successful vintage.

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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