The Geoff Merrill wine making philosophy has been and always will be, to make wine
that allows regional, varietal and vintage expression, without excessive
winemaker intervention. Great wine is a matter of balance and our passion for subtle, elegant
and harmonious flavours in wine is well documented.
GEOFF MERRILL, THE MAN
“I have been making wines under the Geoff Merrill label since the 1980 vintage and in that time my commitment to releasing wines to be enjoyed at the table has never changed”
Mount Hurtle Winery is a suburban oasis, nestled amongst four acres of vineyards and landscaped gardens. It is hard to believe when Geoff purchased Mount Hurtle Winery in 1985 it was a derelict building, rundown and dilapidated, and used as a stable for many years. It required two years of love, hardwork and a special vision by Geoff and his supporters to restore the winery to its former glory.
The colour is remarkable for a 7yo McLaren Vale Shiraz of high quality. the bouquet is nigh-on perfect, still fragrant, and the wine has spicy/savoury blackcurrant fruit as the leader of the pack on its medium-bodied palate. 18 months in used French oak got it off to a flying start. 14.5% alc Drink to 2030
james halliday wine companion - 5 star wine!
2017 Geoff Merrill Bush Vine McLaren Vale Grenache Rose
Raspberries and spices lift off the red apple nose and the firm dry palate is loaded with red fruit flavours and attractive herbal notes. Clean finish.
Very well balanced wine
WINESTATE - gold medal wine
2012 Geoff Merrill Bush Vine
Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre
Great length, beautiful complexity, spicy characters.
Sexy nose: floral, black cherry, dried fruits. Complex & truly wonderful.
National Liquor News
2012 Geoff Merrill Jackos
McLaren Vale Shiraz
Matured for 24 months in American oak (20% new). A deliciously fresh and vibrant wine underlining just how great the ’12 vintage was. Multifaceted red and black berry fruits are juicy, yet have ample texture and structure. This will continue to cruise along for another decade at least.
Drink to 2027
James Halliday Wine Companion
While retaining an almost Tuscan charm, the original winery and the 1500 square metre barrel maturation cellar completed in 1998, now perfectly copes with the rigors of modern day winemaking. A large family of geese and ducks also inhabit the winery grounds and dam near the front entrance to the estate, allowing you to escape suburbia for a while.