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Mercer Limited Release Shiraz 2021


A very good vintage for the Hunter Valley. Wonderfully bright aromas of blackcurrant pastille, sweet cranberry, redcurrant, violets and briary notes. Ruch and full bodied, filling every corner of the palate. Such polish and control. There’s a sense of effortless and silky power. Terrific purity and flow, the bright fruit flavours so fresh. Tannins and acidity are so perfectly integrated, their framing effect is one of buoyance and shape, rather than texture or cut. It feels very classic, yet there is a ‘modern’ quality that is simply wonderful. Terrific, Australian exuberance and sunshine. Waters Wine Co


From the family’s three vineyards in the lower and upper Hunter; has a vivid rim. Attractive medium-bodied shiraz in archetypal Hunter style. Drink now for the vibrancy of the blackberry and black cherry fruit, or cellar for decades as the spicy/fresh earth flavours build, sustained by the ripe but fine tannins already on show. 95 points – James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2024

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It is every Hunter Valley wine lover’s labour and curse to preach of its glories and delights. Whenever I happen to write of the Hunter Valley, I find it impossible not to mention the indifference of most Australian wine drinkers. Ah well, let’s keep on keeping on. Aaron Mercer has been a fixture in the Hunter Valley for twenty years, making wines with Tyrrell’s, Tamburlaine, Brokenwood and a great many small producers as a contract winemaker. He’s also in partnership with wine wholesaler Andrew Jamieson and Ned Goodwin MW with their label, Maker Master Merchant – one of the best value range of wines in Australia.

The Mercer fruit is sourced from the Central Ranges, Orange, Tumbarumba, Hilltops and most importantly the Hunter Valley. His entry level varietal range is deliciously fresh, vibrant, tangy and fruit driven, not to mention its status as a bargain. The Limited Release range is small batch, from some of the very best vineyards in NSW. These are regionally defining wines; rich, sumptuous and sensual.

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