2010 Geoff Merrill G & W Cabernet Sauvignon
Miss this Merrill at your peril! If you love rich and opulent Cabernet then this has your name all over it. It’s from the McLaren Vale where grapes enjoy warm days and cool breezes at night, so flavour is maximised until all that is delivered is regional purity in every glass. This Cabernet from Geoff Merrill has seen the advantage of being left to age for a few years before release, so it’s ready to drink now or can be cellared in the short term. Very regional with menthol, mint, capsicum and olive all leading to a fleshy, structured palate with well balanced acids.
The colour is a deep red with ruby hues and great depth. The aroma really displays the best of both regions. Chocolate, ripe berries and black currant from McLaren Vale and menthol, earth and tomato leaf from Coonawarra. These aromas spill over to the palate which is full, rich and tightly structured resulting in an excellent example of Cabernet Sauvignon which will continue to gather complexity in the bottle over the next 5-8 years.