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. Dive into Merlot with this dozen pack—including a 12th bottle bonus upgrade to one of Australia’s best—and save over 50% from the masters of the form, Irvine.
The 2019 Springhill Merlot is a luscious and lively blend fruit. It’s fresh, rich, and generously juicy with a palare full to bursting with flavours of plum, black cherry, and chocolate. All of this is 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 known as one of the country’s best. 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. An exuberant and luxurious addition to your Springhill 11.
South Australia is the driest state on the world’s driest continent. Covering almost 1 million (984 377km) square kilomteres, it represents 12.8% of the Australian land mass. Sweeping plains are intersected by a spine of relatively low lying ranges, the Mount Lofty/Flinders Ranges which extend through the heart of the State. Over 50% of the state is elevated at under 150 metres. The Great Artesian basin covers almost one-third of the State. The major river is the River Murray which lethargically makes its way into the Southern Ocean. This water mass has a moderating effect on climate, particularly in the southern regions of South Australia where most vines are planted.
Summers are generally hot and dry with relatively mild nights. Winters are cool. Rainfall occurs mostly during late autumn/winter (May, June, July, August). Drought and salinity are major concerns.
The principle wine regions in South Australia are; the Adelaide Hills, Barossa (comprising the Barossa and Eden Valleys), Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Coonawarra and the Riverland. Vineyard expansion has also extended to Wrattonbully, Mount Benson, Bordertown, Robe, Southern Fleurieu and the Flinders Ranges.
It is a tradition for many wine companies to make multi-district blends from South Australian fruit – the idea of house style taking precedence over regional definition. Penfolds pioneered this concept. The vagaries of vintage variation can be evened out by fruit selection, ensuring quality at a high level. However there is debate that this concept comes at the expense of the ‘soul’ of the wine. Penfolds Grange is probably the most famous multi-district blend and is an excellent counter-argument.Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's