There are some names in winemaking that have a cult status and Geoff Merrill is one such figure, made famous by his impressive moustache and stellar talent with grapes. He’s a bit of a legend in the McLaren Vale region where he has won nearly every award possible for his vinous efforts. This Chardonnay is a rich combination of citrus and melon fruit that is balanced by crisp acidity and a long finish. Perfect when chilled and served with a chicken salad.
Winemakers Notes: The colour is a brilliant youthful straw with green hues. The aroma is fresh and vibrant displaying citrus, and melon with subtle toasted oak. The palate shows fresh clean fruit flavours, some floral characters, with a creaminess courtesy of the small proportion of French oak in the blend. Overall the wine is well balanced, smooth and has oak complexity which will complement a wide range of food styles.
Vintage Information: The 2014 started out with an extremely wet winter in 2013 with significantly higher than average rainfall which then essentially ceased for the months following. An unexpected burst of heat through spring lead to flowering early for many varieties. Low rainfall and extremely high temperatures continued throughout summer. Immediately following the high temperatures was some cool weather and a large rain event which slowed down ripening, causing quite a gap in vintage. Top wines will be exciting, well balanced acidity and full flavoured with good tannins.