Irvine has been mastering Merlot since 1983. Founder Jim Irvine was well known in the industry for his generosity of spirit. The Irvine Merlot of today honours that generosity in every nose and mouthful.
The 2017 Springhill Merlot is a blend of Eden and Barossa Valley fruit. It’s fresh and lively, ripe fruit generously and elegantly served on a bed of fine tannin and bright acidity.
The Bonus Upgrade The 12th bottle in this dozen is, like the Springhill, a Merlot and it’s one of the best in the country. While you can open it on arrival, it will spread its wings in the cellar over the next 15 years. Complex and decadent, this is Eden wine whose creation was inspired by the grandeur of Pétrus.
"Splendidly fruited and beautifully lifted, the bouquet shows spiced plum, mixed berry compote, game, thyme and roasted nut characters. The palate is succulent and wonderfully weighted with excellent fruit intensity backed by silky texture and polished tannins. It is flavoursome and immediately appealing with plenty of tasty flavours."
93 points, Wine Orbit (January 2018)
"Deliciously fruity merlot, with ripe plum and berry flavours supported by fresh, fruity acidity. A simple, fruit-driven wine for current drinking."
90 points, The Real Review (June 2019)
"A bright, focused merlot with redcurrant and cranberry aromatics. The palate is deliciously supple, pure and elegant, with bright acidity and fine tannin."
90 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
"A thoroughly friendly wine, quietly going about its business of asking no questions about this juicy light to medium-bodied red-fruited wine, 10% new oak just poking its nose above the parapet."
89 points, Wine Companion (January 2019)
Barossa ValleyColonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.