The Geoff Merrill Story
Geoff Merrill has been making wines under his own label since 1980. Whilst working at Chateau Reynella, Geoff had the view to establish his own operation and purchased the run-down Mount Hurtle winery in 1985. Restored to its former glory, the Tuscan inspired property lies nestled in four acres of vineyard and garden with a 1500 square metre barrel hall. A large family of geese and ducks also inhabit the winery grounds, providing inspiration to their most recent project ‘The Gaggle by Merrill’.  Who is Geoff Merrill? Geoff Merrill was raised on a sheep station in far northern South Australia. In 1964 Geoff and his family moved to the Barossa Valley. Famed for winemaking, Geoff joined B Seppelt & Son for a four year winemaking apprenticeship. He then made the move to South Africa, where he worked as an experimental winemaker with Stellenbosch Farmers Winery, before moving back to Australia to found Geoff Merrill Wines. In 2005 Geoff won the Jimmy Watson Trophy - Australia’s most prestigious wine award - anjd today Geoff and his team strive to produce ‘the perfect balance’ in every glass. What types of wine does Geoff Merrill produce? Geoff's winemaking philosophy is to make wine that allows regional, varietal and vintage expression without excessive winemaker intervention. Geoff Merrill specialises in Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, believing that great wine is a matter of balance - reflected by the brand’s balance scales logo. How old are Geoff Merrill wines? Geoff Merrill strives for subtle, elegant and harmonious flavour, with an unwavering commitment to styles that can be enjoyed at the table. Premium reds are released three years after harvest, while the Reserve Selection and Henley labels are held in the cellar for oak and bottle maturation for upto 5 years prior to release.For those looking for early drinking wines, check out ‘The Gaggle by Merrill’ - premium wines with a playful attitude with the range designed with a ‘flavour for every occasion’ and mood.Discover a range of Geoff Merrill wines with The Wine Collective including the Pimpala Vineyard Cabernet Merlot.
Why's this wine for you?
The Geoff Merrill winemaking philosophy has been and always will be, to make wine that allows regional, varietal and vintage expression, without excessive winemaker intervention. Great wine is a matter of balance and Merrill's passion for subtle, elegant and harmonious flavours in wine is well documented.

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Wine Scale 4
How's it taste?
The palate is strong and imposing with fleshy ripe fruits, giving way to a well proportioned mid palate displaying firm tannins, finishing with balanced acidity and great length.
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Expert Review
94 Points
Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
Superbly fruited and expressive, the bouquet shows blackcurrant, spiced cherry, olive and mixed spice aromas with subtle notes of vanilla and hazelnut. The palate is succulent and plush, delivering gorgeous fruit richness together with silky mouthfeel, finishing beautifully long and attractive. AU$28.00.
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Internal Review
Internal Review
92 Points
Johan Axlund
Savoury style, dried herbs, aged characters, cherry, oak and good concentration.
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