The Grant Burge Merlot well and truly sets the benchmark for its varietal in the Barossa. Grant Burge was a pioneer of Merlot in the Barossa and planted the first vineyard of this red variety at the Hillcot Vineyard in 1982. When he produced his first straight Merlot wine there were only two others available in Australia, and although Merlots are popular now, Grant Burge Hillcot Merlot still sits among the top-selling Merlots for its price.
This wine is a classic medium bodied Merlot produced by careful selection of fruit from vinyards across the Barossa. The fruit was crushed into static fermenters carefully extracted to achieve colour, flavour and balance. The wine was matured in a combination of French and American oak for 15 months before bottling. This Merlot represents a pure expression of the variety and the region, drinking well now and rewarding for those who will patiently cellar for the next 10 years.
"If the Barossa barely tolerates cabernet sauvignon, merlot is even further away from where it should be, yet, despite this, Grant Burge is able to present a wine with as much plum, cassis and black olive as any cool region you care to name, oak a strong ally." - Wine Companion
Tasting Note: Aromas of red berries, sweet spice and hints of dark chocolate. A subtle herbal earthiness, dark berry fruits and sweet raspberries with rich charry oak. Excellent structure with soft approachable tannins and an elegant lingering finish.
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- Barossa Valley
- Dry Red