Estate Grown on the Mornington Peninsula.
A 5 star winery as rated by James Halliday 2016
Situated on lush gentle slopes in sight of Western Port Bay, Merricks Estate was one of the first commercial vineyards, planted in 1978 by the Kefford family as a trial to explore the possibilities of wine making in an area that was then known only for its farming and horticulture and tourism.
Today, the Mornington Peninsula in Southern Victoria, produces some of Australia’s most distinctive wines because of its cool climate and long ripening season. Merricks Estate produces fine wines, while striving to create a sustainable environment for flora and fauna.
Since 1982 we have produced high quality wines including Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Our 55 acre property (10 acres under vine) is a beautiful and relaxing place to visit. Merricks Estate, at the end of Thompson’s Lane remains the unchanged landscape of the unique Peninsula hinterland.
"Follow the scenic winding drive
Passed the poplars and old vines
Arrive at our rustic cellar door
So tranquil and sublime
Stroll the woodland, wetlands track
Enjoy nature's precious time
Ours is a hidden Peninsula oasis
Crafting unpretentious and impressive wines"
92 Points James Halliday Wine Companion
The 2014 Merricks Estate Chardonnay boasts perfect ripening conditions. A cool spring followed by a long, dry summer ensured a great depth of flavour from the fruit. Robust for a cool climate style, our chardonnay possesses flavours of melon and fig with cleansing mineral toned. Oak is integrated perfectly with acidity creating a pleasing texture and rich, nutty finish.
Highly presentable, fruit-driven wine showing more than enough flavour within an elegant framework. Pear, citrus and chalk with spicy/sweet oak. Enjoyable at all points along the line." James Halliday
The 2011 vintage displays aromas of sweet cherry and plum entwined with earthy notes, rich clove and cinnamon spices. Fine tannins and fresh acidity balance and linger, with a hint of white pepper on the finish.
92 points. James Halliday's Wine Companion
Merricks Estate 2010 has intense aromas and flavours of black fruits, liquorice and spice including intense black pepper and cedar characters. This wine is supported by good acid and fine grained tannins which give it balance, length and structure.
“Invites you in with a smile but the conversation quickly turns serious. Bold upfront fruit and oak, plum and coffee-cream, before sappy, herbal, sour cherry notes seep through; in the end it seems pinot-esque. Meaty aromatics. Will be fascinating to see how it develops.” James Halliday
Our distinctive Cabernet sauvignon shows cassis, blackcurrant fruit and chocolate characters. A deep purple red, it’s emboldened with fine savoury tannins and spices that you’ll only find on a perfectly aged wine. a hint of earthiness leads into just the right amount of toasty cedar to finish.
The palate blooms with watermelon, floral notes and a hint of glace cherry. There’s a lip-smacking finish, lovely and dry, that leaves taste buds begging for another sip.
"Bright, light pink; estate-grown; this is a rose with real attitude, its mouthfeel with slippery acidity, momentarily catching on the tongue as it moves along the totally delicious small red berry fruit. Will melt the heart of the most committed red wine consumer (or, for that matter, white).” James Halliday
94 points by James Halliday Wine Companion
This wine displays a rich nose with typical cool climate characters of black cherries and plums. This is complemented with licorice and earthy aromas with a touch of pepper to finish.
“Merricks Estate was one of the first, if not the first, Mornington Peninsula producers to make a striking, cool-climate shiraz. The wine has crimson- purple colour, and is very much in the proud tradition and history Merricks Estate has with this variety - textured and silky, the black fruits and plum shot through with multi-spice and pepper notes. It's a great bargain at this price. It's worthy of a decade, although the tannins are sufficiently fine for the wine to please right now.” James Halliday
This deep crimson cabernet has vibrant aromas of cassis, blueberry, spice and mushroom. The palate reveals spice, cassis and a hint of earthiness which leads to a firm tannic finish.
“The strong presence of mint is offset by fragrant red fruit aromasand spicy oak; the palate reveals high levels of acidity, tightly wound red fruits and succulent fine-grained tannins that finish dry and assertively.” James Halliday
This Appreciation dozen includes:
3 x Merricks Estate 2014 Chardonnay
3 x Merricks Estate 2011 Pinot Noir
3 x Merricks Estate 2009 Shiraz
3 x Merricks Estate 2005 Cabernet
The drive is an adventure in itself...come and discover our hidden oasis!