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2012 Geoff Merrill Bush Vine Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

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This is a stunning blend for the price showing berry freshness, spice and an earthy, savoury aspect. Structured and long, it’s got all the key factors we seek in a barbecue wine.

Winemaker's Notes

Winemakers Notes: The colour is a dark brick red with blood red hues. The aroma shows savoury spiced meats and wild berry fruits. The palate is soft and mouth filling with fine fleshy fruit on the mid-palate. Good acidity and structure completes the wine ensuring it is very drinkable indeed. Great with pizza, steak, BBQ and sweet/spicy Asian beef.

Vintage Information: More vigorous canopy growth during bud development in 2011 ensured fewer bunches per vine and lighter bunch weights for the 2012 vintage effectively dropping yield rates 35 - 50%.
For the most part, growing conditions were optimal right through the growing season with a few temperature and rainfall events which caused some anxiety. Immediately following the high temperatures was some cool weather and a large rain event which slowed down ripening and allowed the vintage to progress at a good rate.

Variety: Shiraz (45%), Grenache (45%), Mourvedre (10%)

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2012 Geoff Merrill Bush Vine Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
A 57/35/8% blend, the components utterly synergistic; the result is a spicy, savoury elegance that bodes well for the long life ahead of a wine that has made light of its 4 years to date; the oak, tannin and alcohol management could not have been improved on, the fruit expression a delight.
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Wine Companion
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Smells of malt and coffee grounds with a simple but mature palate. Drinking well now.
July/Aug Winestate 2013
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Light colour; in the manner of Southern Rhone wines, the colour is no necessary guide, the warm, spicy red fruit flavours insidiously imposing themselves on an unexpectedly long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
Roughly 60%grenache, 30% shiraz and 10% mourvèdre, this has a satisfying richness with plenty of grenache's red fruits on the nose, really impressive; some darker fruits and earthy nuances too. The palate's a shade darker still, with more berry fruits and some gentle tannin clinging to the finish. Nice balance, complex and thoroughly delicious - a great-value red.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Excellent hue; has the authority, which McLaren Vale regularly gives good examples of this blend, and which the Barossa Valley does not; offers a bouquet of red fruits in a supple but focused palate
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
WINESTATE (2005 Vintage) says
Aged, malty/Marmite-like bouquet and big oaky/alcoholic palate that has sweet fruit freshness and a drying finish.
Winestate 2009
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A delicious medium-bodied wine with affinities to the Southern Rhone; the tighter focus of McLaren Vale grenache contributing to the mouthfeel, but richer shiraz and the tannins of mourvedre also play their part.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Elegant medium-bodied wine; a full array of flavours including blackberry, raspberry and red cherries; fine tannins. McLaren Vale can do with ease what the Barossa finds difficult.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Very nice wine; excellent fusion of fruit, oak and tannins; juicy, pleasantly jammy, grenache coralled by spicy shiraz and firm mourvedre.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004

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