The Revivalist shows aromas of black cherry, chocolate and bay leaf. On the palate, there are flavours of blackberries and toasted oak and a lush mouthfeel. Structured and balanced, there are fine abundant tannins.
The Merlot fruit is sourced from Hickinbotham’s 200 Block and Block 103, and the Petit Verdot is sourced from Hickinbotham’s Block105. The fruit is hand-picked, destemmed and whole-berry sorted then gently crushed. Cold soaked, native fermented and pumped over daily with a minimum 21 days on skins. Basket pressed with light pressing included in free-run and drained directly to barrel. It is then racked and returned three times during maturation for 15 months, before being aged in fine-grain Bordeaux coopered barrels of which approximately 50% are new.
It's an impressive merlot for its heady fragrance - a hint of cassis, florals, dried herbs and cedary oak - to its exceptionally silky, fuller-bodied palate. It builds flavour, the tannins sitting pretty and the finish as long as tomorrow. Makes you fall for merlot big time.
95 points, Wine Companion (January 2018)
Deep red/purple colour, with an impressive aroma of blueberry, raspberry and spicy oak backing. A hint of almond. The wine is bright and intense in the mouth, medium to full-bodied, its exuberant fruit tempered by savoury tannins and fresh acidity. A very classy merlot, beautifully balanced and leaning more to the dark-fruit style than the tobacco or olivaceous style.
94 points, The Real Review (July 2018)
An intense nose with cherry fruit with some leafy accents and an overlay of coconut oak. The palate is dense full and opulent though with a lovely mid-palate fleshiness. The tannins on the finish are papery and appropriate. Needs time.
93 points, The Real Review (March 2019)
One of the best Merlots I've tasted from Australia, Hickinbotham's 2016 The Revivalist Merlot does hint at cherry tomatoes, cedar and vanilla on the nose, but it nails the mouthfeel. It's medium to full-bodied, with a rich, velvety texture and layers of cherry and mocha flavors that linger into the long, plush finish.
93 points, Wine Advocate (February 2019)
This is a ripe and assertive merlot with plenty of cedary oak in the mix, as well as plums and spiced plum pudding. The fleshy palate is underpinned by grainy tannins, making this a bold, assertive red.
92 points, jamessuckling.com (August 2018)