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Botham Merrill Willis Chardonnay

Botham Merrill Willis Chardonnay

Botham Merrill Willis Chardonnay

Clean & delicate, displaying fig, nectarine, lime
The palate begins with a ripe citrus flavour, moving through to stone fruit

Botham Merrill Willis Chardonnay 2016

VINTAGE INFORMATION Preceding Winter and Spring rains were significantly lower than had been previously reducing crop potential in the important growth stages leading up to vintage. On average yields were down approximately 30% across many varieties in McLaren Vale. With fluctuating temperatures (18° – 37°C) in January and rainfalls in February resulted in slow ripening of the vines causing a ‘pause’ in vintage allowing ripening to occur at a more manageable rate. By the end of vintage, even with the lower crop yields, our fruit had more time to ripen ‘properly’ resulting in very good flavour concentration, acidity and structure.

WINEMAKERS NOTES The colour is a light straw with a hint of green. The aroma is clean and delicate, displaying fig, nectarine, lime and a hint of cucumber skin and meadow hay. The palate begins with a ripe citrus flavour, moving through to stone fruit and a touch of lantana. The mouthfeel contains a fine mineral structure reminiscent of European versions.

To find out more about the winery go to https://geoffmerrillwines.com.au/

The history of Mount Hurtle Winery stretches back more than 100 years to 1897 when a young Welshman, Mostyn Owen, bought 200 acres of prime Reynella hillside. Here he planted out 150 acres of vines and built a winery, where he ran the property and produced wine until he passed away in the 1940s.

The winery itself was considered very innovative for its time due to its use of gravity to feed wine throughout the cellars, and is Heritage listed because of this.

Today Mount Hurtle Winery is an oasis among suburbia, nestled amid 4 acres of vineyards and landscaped gardens. With an almost Tuscan charm, the original winery and 1500m2 barrel maturation cellar (completed in 1998) is now perfectly equipped to cope with the rigors of modern winemaking. A large family of geese and ducks also inhabit the winery grounds, especially the dam near the front entrance of the estate.

To see our full range of Geoff Merrill wines go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/geoff-merrill-wines/

Producer: Colour: WhiteGrape: AustralianRegion: South Australia, McLaren ValeAlcohol: 12.5%Vintage: 2016Grape Details: ChardonnayOrganic/Biodynamic: Biodynamic

£20.00 a bottle

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Geoff Merrill Wines

In 1980, Geoff Merrill and business partner Trevor Stratton established Stratmer Vineyards, parent company of Geoff Merrill, Owens Estate and Mount Hurtle Wines. In the early years, Geoff Merrill wines were crafted at various locations across the South Australian wine regions, including Chateau Reynella and Pirramimma in McLaren Vale, and Peter Lehmann Wines in the Barossa Valley. A modern processing plant was established at McLaren Flat in 1984 in a joint venture with fellow winemaker, Goe DiFabio, which centralised the production of Geoff Merrill wines and allowed greater control over the winemaking process.
Trevor Stratton eventually sold his share of Stratmer Vineyards in 1992 to Alister Purbrick of Chateau Tahbilk, who remained a 50% partner until 2005. Geoff is now the sole owner of the company and continues to develop and produce exceptional wines.

South Australia

The McLaren Vale is predominately a red wine region, producing some of the best red wines in South Australia. Vineyards were first planted in the mid 1800s. One of the early pioneers Thomas Hardy established a business that evolved to BRL Hardy, one of the largest wine companies in the country. The region also has a healthy number of boutique wineries that consistently make fine wines and experiment with different wine styles. The climate is warm to hot with dry summers, and benefits from cooling breezes from the St Vincent Gulf. The main wine styles: Red – Shiraz (rich, ripe & generous), Cabernet Sauvignon; White – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc.

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