Geoff Merrill 2021 Review
Barry Weinman: 20th October 2021
Geoff Merrill Wines are synonymous with McLaren Vale.
The first thing that struck me when reviewing the Geoff Merrill wines was the extra bottle age on the reds. It is great to see quality wines on the market with 6-7 years under their belt.
This showed in the tasting, with these wines showing just a touch of evolution, which greatly improved their drinkability.
And the Rosé and Riesling were a lot of fun (though I am not quite sure about the goose on the label…)!
Geoff Merrill – Charley Rose – Rosé – 2021. Made from Grenache, this has pretty berry fruit that is savoury, drying and textured. Gentle grip complements the lingering fruit flavours. With minimal sweetness, this is fit for purpose and ready for spring! 88pts $25.
Geoff Merrill – Jacko’s – Shiraz – 2015. Attractive menthol/peppermint over ripe cherry aromas. This continues on the palate, with the souring acidity complementing the fruit well. Excellent length, the juicy plum-like fruit builds. Tannins get a bit grippy on the finish, suggesting that further time in bottle would be worthwhile. 27 months in large oak, 10 % new. 91pts – $30
Geoff Merrill – Bush Vine – Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvèdre – 2014. More menthol, but here the vibrant Grenache really shines. There are hints of cherry and ripe red plum and no obvious oak to dull the fruit. The palate is bright, fresh and modern, the zesty acidity adding life and drive on the finish. $28 – 91pts.
Geoff Merrill – G & W – Cabernet Sauvignon – 2014. Lovely bright red berry fruit supported by savoury notes from the oak (10% new). A more generous style than we typically see in Margaret River. with fine tannins adding texture. Really well made, with decent length and acidity. Drink now – 8yrs. Juicy. 93pts – $30.