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Shottesbrooke Merlot

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Shottesbrooke is a small exclusive family vineyard and winery set in the eastern pocket of the beautiful and tranquil McLaren Vale, just 45 minutes from Adelaide. Magnificent views over the gum-studded vineyards, up to the rolling Willunga Hill, can be viewed from the award winning cellar door opened in April 1995.

In the early 1980’s we planted Merlot in the Shottesbrooke Vineyards initially to provide a blending option for Cabernet Sauvignon. We were quick to realise that with the generous climate and ideal soils of McLaren Vale that Merlot had the depth of character and varietal definition to stand alone as a 100% varietal. Shottesbrooke Merlot is now a benchmark for this variety.

Appearance: Cherry red with a fresh vibrancy mellowing to deep red.

Nose: Black cherries and mulberries complexed with some oak and spice.

Palate: Medium bodied with excellent varietal expression, velvety mouthfeel with fine oak and grape tannin.

Food: An excellent match with traditional roast free-range chicken or mushroom risotto.

Cellaring: 6 to 8 years.

Alcohol: 14.4%

Winemaker's Notes

Shottesbrooke is a small exclusive family vineyard and winery set in the eastern pocket of the beautiful and tranquil McLaren Vale, just 45 minutes from Adelaide. Magnificent views over the gum-studded vineyards, up to the rolling Willunga Hill, can be viewed from the award winning cellar door opened in April 1995.

In the early 1980’s we planted Merlot in the Shottesbrooke Vineyards initially to provide a blending option for Cabernet Sauvignon. We were quick to realise that with the generous climate and ideal soils of McLaren Vale that Merlot had the depth of character and varietal definition to stand alone as a 100% varietal. Shottesbrooke Merlot is now a benchmark for this variety.

Appearance: Cherry red with a fresh vibrancy mellowing to deep red.

Nose: Black cherries and mulberries complexed with some oak and spice.

Palate: Medium bodied with excellent varietal expression, velvety mouthfeel with fine oak and grape tannin.

Food: An excellent match with traditional roast free-range chicken or mushroom risotto.

Cellaring: 6 to 8 years.

Alcohol: 14.4%

expert reviews about

Shottesbrooke Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Good colour; has enough black olive and tarry/earthy characters to stamp its varietal origin on the bouquet and medium-bodied palate; the overall balance and length are also good.
2020
Wine Companion Dec/Jan
91
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
McLaren Vale is hardly a region renowned for merlot but every now and again it surprises. Goes all right, this does. It tastes of plum and strawberry compote, nutty old oak and a little bit of spice. It's medium-bodied and quite sweet, with twists of olive and dried herbs keeping the sense of complexity up. Ripe fruit flavour, sandy tannins, and satisfying length - you could do a lot worse than reach for this little number.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
88
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A scented bouquet with some varietal olivaceous overtones; light- to medium-bodied, but well-structured nonetheless.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Smooth and savoury this plump, generous and rather smoky young merlot has an earthy bouquet of dark, spicy plums, smoked meats and leather over nuances of currants and dark cherries. Its juicy palate is backed by assertive, chocolate-like oak and framed by a fine and dusty cut of pliant tannin.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
89
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
In generous, rich, regional style, but is strongly varietal, with juicy blackcurrant and olive flavours through the palate, the sweeter end of the spectrum prevailing.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A moderately rich and flavoursome, but not entirely convincing merlot whose slightly stewed aromas of plums, red and black cherries reveal smoky, charcuterie like undertones. Framed by firmish and faintly sappy and metallic tannins, its honest, smoky expression of cherry/plum fruit is underpinned by oak sweetness, but lacks genuine varietal definition.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
88
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Earthy, spicy, savoury varietal character; medium-bodied, good length and texture; fruit-driven.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
89
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet has clean, ripe fruit but is not particularly distinctive; the palate, however, is excellent, with plenty of ripe, sweet fleshy berry fruit offset by nicely balanced and flavoured oak. Scores particularly well for its overall structure and weight.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
89

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