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View details Geoff Merrill Wickham Park Cilento Sangiovese 2011
$ 19.99 Geoff Merrill Wickham Park Cilento Sangiovese 2011
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Sangiovese / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
Sangiovese and McLaren Vale share a great affinity, a home away from home for the vines, stimulated by the sultry Mediterranean climes around Gulf St Vincent. Geoff Merrill's grandfather grew up amongst the pastorals of old Italy, he would wax poetic about the delights of Tuscan wine and ultimately inspired Merrill to plant Sangiovese. Treated to a lavish thirty two months in American and French oak puncheons, followed by an extended term in bottle, Joseph Cilento has evolved into a more elegant, European style, commendable with Cotoletta, ideal with Agnello.
 
View details Geoff Merrill Reserve Shiraz 2010
$ 44.99 Geoff Merrill Reserve Shiraz 2010
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Shiraz / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
A living legend of the Australian wine industry, Merrill Reserve has claimed Australia's most prestigious awards, including Jimmy Watson and Visy Great Australian Shiraz Challenge. Merrill Reserve is a compilation of his best wines, as selected from a vintage of small parcels which have been treated to an extended maturation. Merrill Reserve can be best described as voluptuous and seductive, laden with complex chocolatier flavours and tensile textures, beckoning and beguiling before revealing the stately structure within.
 
View details Geoff Merrill Reserve Chardonnay 2015
$ 24.99 Geoff Merrill Reserve Chardonnay 2015
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Chardonnay / McLaren Coonawarra / SouthAustralia
The pick of the Geoff Merrill harvest, a collation of Coonawarra and McLaren Vale estate vineyard parcels, treated to a luxurious course of French oak barrel ferments and ten months age. Fashioned into a finely fleshed, generously proportioned styling, its innate melon and nectarine fruit characters are wrapped in a textural linen of mineral leesyness, summer straw and toasty cashew oak. Mate Mr Merrill to the ripest cheese and finest gourmandise, ideally a gently grilled dover sole or crisp fry of the freshest whiting tempura.
 
View details Geoff Merrill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
$ 35.99 Geoff Merrill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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CabernetSauv / McLaren Coonawarra / SouthAustralia
Following traineeship at B Seppelt & Son, a stint in South Africa, tours of duty at Thomas Hardy and Chateau Reynella, Geoff Merrill acquired the beautiful but derelict Mount Hurtle wineworks in 1985. Merrill devoted years of love and hard work to restore the winery vineyard to its former glory. The property yields some of the finest Cabernet in McLaren Vale. An equal part of Cabernet Sauvignon from Graymoor in Coonawarra completes an immaculate wine, matured thirty one months in small oak barrels and assembled after a cull of the most superior stocks.
 
View details Geoff Merrill Pimpala Vineyard Cabernet Merlot 2007
$ 29.99 Geoff Merrill Pimpala Vineyard Cabernet Merlot 2007
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CabernetSauv Merlot / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
Three choice acres of viticulture surrounding the Mount Hurtle wineworks, were established to a fortuitous planting of Reynella clone Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines in 1985. Picked to varying schedules of ripeness, they are vinified into a sensational accord of remarkable complexity and finesse. Matured an extravagant thirty two months in the choicest French oak hogsheads, Pimpala Vineyard is redolent with a prominent Cabernet nose of cassis, black olives and mint, its affable, muscular tannins in support of Merlot plummyness, dark brambles and pastille.
 
View details Geoff Merrill Jackos Blend McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012
$ 24.99 Geoff Merrill Jackos Blend McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012
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Shiraz / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
Take your pick from the estate cellars of Geoff Merrill Shiraz, richly aged two years in a selection of French and American oak hogsheads and puncheons, assemble into the essential meat and vegetable McLaren Vale style. Blood red, mulberry and currant spice, moccha and milled pepper throughout, a lick of menthol, the savouryness of leather, black olive and savoury smoked meats. Jacko's the drink to open and to breathe for service alongside your favourite recipe of red wine casserole, kipflers and shallot, dutch carrots and Jus.
 
View details Geoff Merrill Henley Shiraz 2008
$ 129.99 Geoff Merrill Henley Shiraz 2008
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Shiraz / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
Henley demands a sensory evaluation to identify the finest barrels of Geoff Merrill Shiraz. The choicest parcels are earmarked and set aside each year for a course of maturation in the finest French oak. After fifteen months, the stocks are sampled to identify a short list of the very best, refilled to oak for a further course of maturation into the eminent Geoff Merrill Reserve. The final cut of this elite cull represents a strictly limited edition of the most superlative Shiraz in all McLaren Vale, only ten barrels each vintage are worthy of bottling under the Henley moniker.
 
View details Geoff Merrill GW Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
$ 24.99 Geoff Merrill GW Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
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CabernetSauv / McLaren Coonawarra / SouthAustralia
An assemblage of Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested off three prestigious vineyards, one in Coonawarra for peppermints and violet, black olives and bay, two in McLaren Vale for chocolateyness, bramble and char. Mr Merrill is one of Australia's most peer respected vignerons, a veteran winemaker of our nation's most illustrious brands, an eminent Jimmy Watson winner. He has settled on nothing but the finest, collating the pick of harvest from three superior sites, to be vinified at a grand old wineworks and aged twenty two months under the historic Mt Hurtle cellars.
 
View details Geoff Merrill Bush Vine Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2012
$ 19.99 Geoff Merrill Bush Vine Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2012
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Grenache Mourvedre Shiraz / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
Equal parts Shiraz and Grenache, a tenth of Mourverdre, all picked off blocks of dry grown McLaren Vale vines, treated to a traditional old world vinification and sent to a selection of American oak hogsheads and puncheons for an extended twenty months maturation. Brick red in colour, leading with an animated nose of savoury spiced meats and wild berry fruits, the tannins are seen but not heard, perfectly in tune with the piquant Rhonesque acidity to deliver impeccable balance and seamless structure, all before a long dark chocolate finish.
 
View details Geoff Merrill Bush Vine Grenache Rose 2017
$ 18.99 Geoff Merrill Bush Vine Grenache Rose 2017
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Grenache / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
What to do with a humble harvest of precious parcels old vine Grenache? Hand picked bunches are liberated off rows of vine sixty to ninety years of age and sent to fermenters for a short term of cold soak. The eye candy of its rakish pink hues presage a blossoming palate of violets, cherry and jube. Its understated elegance and affability belie sound structure, well defined fruit and genteel, leathery tannins, articulate of its pastoral Grenache provenance and alluring old vine charm, just the ticket for pink fleshed fare, belly of tuna, salmon or duck.
 
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

The history of the Geoff Merrill Mount Hurtle winemaking operations begins over 100 years ago when the site was built by a young Englishman, Mostyn Owen, who purchased 200 acres of prime Reynella hillside and built a winery in 1897. Set in the Hurtle Vale Ward just behind Reynella (Hurtle Vale was named after Sir James Hurtle Fisher, the first Mayor of Adelaide). Of these 200 acres, 150 were planted with vines. Mostyn Owen ran the winery and vineyards until he passed away in the mid 1940s. Mount Hurtle was innovative for its time, using the principles of gravity to feed wine throughout the cellars. Because of this the building is now state heritage listed.

 Geoff Merrill

Geoff Merrill was raised on a sheep station in the far north of South Australia until he was 11 years old. The Merrill family then moved to the Barossa Valley where Geoff's first links with the wine industry were formed. His formal education was gained at local Barossa Valley Schools and the Institute of Technology in Adelaide.

From 1970 to 1973 Geoff undertook a winemaking traineeship at B Seppelt & Son. A position as Experimental Winemaker with Stellenbosch Farmers Winery lured him to South Africa for a year in 1974, after which he travelled through Europe. By the end of 1975 Geoff was back in Australia and had joined Chateau Reynella as Assistant Winemaker. In 1977 he was promoted to Senior Winemaker, a position he held until 1985. Whilst working a Chateau Reynella Geoff also managed to find the time to make wines under his own Geoff Merrill label. These were first released in 1983 with the 1980 Cabernet and 1981 Semillon.

Geoff Merrill established Stratmer Vineyards in 1980. It is under this company that the Geoff Merrill, Owens Estate and Mount Hurtle wines are made. During the company's establishing years the Geoff Merrill Wines were made at various locations, including Chateau Reynella, Pirramimma (McLaren Vale) and Peter Lehmann Wines (Barossa Valley).

 Geoff Merrill

Great wine is a matter of balance, Geoff Merrill's passion for subtle, elegant and harmonious flavours in wine, is well documented. The individual growing conditions of each site affords the unique opportunity of being able to blend wines highlighting the best of what each region has to offer. In 1984, Geoff Merrill built a modern processing plant at McLaren Flat in a joint venture with winemaker, Goe DiFabio. In 1992 Alister Purbrick, of Chateau Tahbilk, took on a 50% stake in Stratmer Vineyards which he retained until 2005. Geoff is now the sole owner.

When Thomas Hardy & Sons purchased Chateau Reynella in 1982 Geoff stayed on, continuing to make the Chateau Reynella wines. By 1985 he had become a Consultant Winemaker for Hardy and Chateau Reynella's red wines. At the same time he was on the lookout for a winery where he could base his own operations. He found the beautiful, but run-down, Mount Hurtle Winery in 1985, a derelict building, run down and dilapidated, it had been used as a stable for many years. It required two years of love, hard work and a special vision by Geoff and his supporters to restore the winery to its former glory. Today, Mount Hurtle Winery is an oasis among suburbia. Nestled in four acres of vineyards and landscaped gardens.

Since 1988 Geoff has concentrated on the winery and his wines. He has continued to gain national and international recognition for his distinctive style of winemaking and his zest for life. While retaining an almost Tuscan charm, the original winery and the 1500 square metre barrel maturation cellar, completed in 1998, now perfectly copes with the rigors of modern day winemaking. A large family of geese and ducks also inhabit the winery grounds and dam near the front entrance to the estate.

Having gained a reputation as a maker of innovative and elegant wines Geoff has achieved significant success in both Australian and International wine shows. As a leading personality in the Australian wine industry, Geoff also established a high profile internationally, as a wine judge, and as a consultant in Italy making wines for the UK market.

Geoff Merrill

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