The 2018 Merricks Pinot Noir is a supple and savoury wine, dangerously drinkable from start to finish. Its juicy personality is packed with spiced cherry, grenadine, subtle nettle and classy wood spice. All leading to a lingering, perfumed finish and a lick of fine tannin.
Sourced from the Merricks Grove vineyard, the fruit for this wine was hand-sorted twice and fermented in two ways: one fermenter of whole berries and another of 100% whole bunches. These two portions were then blended together. Both fermentations were natural with a reasonably long maceration and yet gentle extraction—light pump-overs and a few gentle plunges. The wine matured in 300-litre hogsheads (roughly 20% new). Spent eleven months on lees before bottling, unfiltered.
If there’s any grape that garners a wider range of opinion than Pinot Noir, I’m not aware of it. I’m perhaps not as highly regarded as reviewer of it as CM and MB (and possibly in their own opinion too), but I do my best. We like what we like. I’m good at writing introductions, anyway.Twiggy, floral, spicy, light and red fruited. The tannin here is particularly good, with a firmness and dusty grip that’s so pleasing to feel. It has light, energy, and a heap of charm and interest, a slight cherry lolly flavour, and a solid finish, that perhaps holds it back from taking home an even higher score. I like its style. 93+ Points, Gary Walsh, The Winefront.