Mérite Merlot 2015
Almost all Australian Merlot in the bottle is from one clone, D3v14. Now Australia has better clones originating from France (some via Italy and Argentina) capable of producing wines of a better quality and a different style than what is expected of Australian Merlot.
MÉRITE Merlot is a new wine made from a multiclone parcel in a cool climate region next door to Coonawarra. Each vintage, different clonal batches are vinified, each displaying different attributes, and then a complete wine is assembled: a pure Merlot that is to be a new benchmark for Australian Merlot.
“The wines they’re producing with these new clones are at the forefront of a revival of top-quality Merlot in Australia.”
— Max Allen, AFR Magazine
Mérite Merlot 2015
$60.00 per bottle
Notes and Reviews
James Halliday (96)
The vineyard’s planting of five Merlot clones (including 8R and q45) is capable of producing very high quality wine. If you want to go nitpicking, the French oak is a touch too obvious, but it will almost certainly diminish with age. It raises the question whether 30 percent new oak might have done an even better job. That said, the '14 had 50 percent. The mouthfeel, weight and flavours of cassis, plum and herb have a base of exquisite tannins. Til 2035.
Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front (94)
Bright, juicy, fruit-filled and savoury at once. It's all laced together with ultra-fine tannin too. We are in pretty classy terrain here. Shaved pencils, black cherries, boysenberries, redcurrant. None of the dreaded mulberry. Flings of earth. It's super succulent and beautifully balanced. It almost feels like it's been painted in watercolours too, almost always a good sign, though there's just a bit more oomph than those words commonly imply. That said, it's a steadfastly medium-bodied wine, with no pretensions for anything more. Just look at the tannin structure of this wine.
|Age of Vines||12 years on average|
|Vinification||Pick date determined by berry sensory analysis. Hand picked and sorted by clonal batches. Fully destemmed, lightly crushed. Fermentation in stainless-steel by clonal batches. Remontage 2x daily for 7d. Racked into barrels to complete fermentation then MLF|
|Elevage||16 months in French oak barrels (40% new)|
|Soil Type||Terra rossa over limestone. Some areas with a sandier topsoil (aromatics). Iron-rich clay above the limestone (about 1m below the surface) in most of the parcel (tannins).|