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Botham Merrill Willis Shiraz

Botham Merrill Willis Shiraz

Botham Merrill Willis Shiraz

Botham Merrill Willis Shiraz displays a complex blend of savoury meats, spice and herbs perfectly entwined with dark berry fruits.
Well integrated oak characters add depth and sophistication.
Rich and full flavoured with wonderful fleshy fruit tannins.

VINTAGE INFORMATION The 2013 vintage was a welcome return to a fairly ‘normal’ vintage after the extremely low yields of 2012 and record wet of 2011. We had good winter and spring rains and only a small reduction in yield across a few varieties. The ripening period had a small heat ‘hiccup’ but the vines made it through unscathed and ripening continued extremely well enabling us to pick at full flavour ripeness.

WINEMAKERS NOTES The colour is a deep dark red, typical of this outstanding vintage. The aroma is a complex blend of savoury meats, spice and herbs perfectly entwined with dark berry fruits, chocolate and black olive. Well integrated oak characters add depth and sophistication to the bouquet. The palate is like berry fruits dipped in dark chocolate. Rich and full flavoured with wonderful fleshy fruit tannins and well balanced acidity on the finish.

“Drink with savoury meat pizza, gourmet burgers, BBQ ribs, lamb shanks and steak on the BBQ.”

This range of wines obviously comes with a recognition of the winemakers love of the game of cricket.

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.

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

Producer: Colour: RedGrape: AustralianRegion: South Australia, McLaren ValeAlcohol: 14.5%Vintage: 2013Grape Details: ShirazOrganic/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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