As one of the founding vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula, we value the history and preservation of our region, and maturity of our vines.
The Merricks Estate label is an 1821 lithograph by Louis de Sainson entitled HABITATION DE PÊCHEURS DE PHOQUES AU PORT WESTERN. The earliest printed image of Victoria, dated two years before the founding of Melbourne. It depicts a sealers camp between Merricks and Pt Leo beach.
The Thompsons Lane label is the sister image, also a lithograph from 1821 by the same artist. It is entitled VUE PRISE AU PORT WESTERN, DANS LES CRIQUES DES MANGLIER. It depicts a group of sailors hauling fishing nets at Western Port.
Merricks Estate Shiraz was recognized as an exceptional wine from its earliest release. The 1984 Shiraz was named by England's prestigious Decanter magazine as on of the best wines of 1985, and was described as "a wondrously spicy/peppery wine which is, at the same time hauntingly delicate."
At Merricks Estate the most elusive grape, Pinot Noir, has produced superb burgundian style wines but tantalizingly low yields. It was therefore gratifying when the 1997 Pinot Noir (the first vintage to meet Royal Melbourne Show volume requirements) was awarded the trophy for Best Pinot Noir in the show.
In June 2009, we have added a new label Merricks Thompson's Lane to our range. Thompson's Lane is the name of the gravel road where Merricks Estate is located. The wines sold under the Merricks Thompson's Lane label are also made from our premium estate grown grapes and with dedicated wine making methods. These wines are made without compromising fruit quality or wine making skills. With the Merricks Thompson's Lane wines, we are responding to the demand for early drinking premium Mornington Peninsula wines at a competitive price.