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  • Carefully selected from Norfolk’s Estate vineyards
  • Nice fruit weight, flavour, spice and tannin... At sub $20 look no further!
  • "This shows a lot of “affordable” merlots how it’s done." Campbell Matinson

Tasting Notes

Colour Crimson
Nose Lifted red berries, mint, stone fruits and sweet cherries.
Palate Plum, spice and forest fruit flavours balanced by chocolate and vanilla oak notes, finishing with good length and soft fine tannins.
Food Pairing Grilled lamb chops, rabbit casserole, mushroom ravioli, roast veal, wood fired pizza.
Cellaring 3-5 Years
Notes Ageing Potential: Likely lifespan 2020, with optimal years being 2016-2019.
Variety Merlot
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2016
Region Mount Benson
Country Australia
Sustainability None
Alcohol 14.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Norfolk Rise
This beautiful vineyard is located in the emerging wine region of Mount Benson on South Australia’s Limestone Coast where the climate is cool due to consistent, year-round sea breezes that serve to moderate temperatures. Combine these cool, maritime micro climatic conditions with a free draining terra rossa soil profile and you have an excellent environment for premium grape production.

With Winemaker Dan Berrigan, Vineyard Manager George Andrews, Lab Technician Beverly Sandow and Cellar Hand Matt Cooper the future of Norfolk Rise is in good hands. The state of the art winery that the vineyard estate surrounds was built in 2000 and was put together using some of the most advanced equipment available. This provides the team at Norfolk Rise with an innovative, free flowing and efficient winery upon which they effectively apply their winemaking philosophy.

To embrace, then express, the unique characteristics of our vineyard. These 100 estate grown wines are characterised by clear, varietal definition, an elegant flavour and structure profile with a fruit driven complexity.
Mount Benson
Mount Benson is a unique coastal geographical indication situated approximately 300 kilometres from Adelaide and halfway between the historic townships of Kingston SE and Robe in the south-east of South Australia. As part of the greater Limestone Coast wine region, Mount Benson is cousin to other well-known winegrowing regions including Coonawarra, Padthaway, Wrattonbully, Penola, Mount Gambier and Robe.
With the region’s first grapes planted in the 1980s, the local farmers were well attuned to Mount Benson’s unique and rugged climatic conditions. These grapes would later make way for the region’s own style of delicate, cool-climate, maritime-influenced wines which have already begun to make waves within a very competitive Australian wine industry. This is the sense of place wineries in the region aim to convey in each bottle of wine they produce.
Campbell Mattinson
If you’re on the lookout for a sub $20 merlot, this would be good place to start.

It has some grunt. It’s not just about simple sweet fruit and not much else, though it is tasty with berried flavour. There’s tannin. There’s spice. There’s the kind of ‘chewiness’ that works a treat at the dinner table. And while there are gum nut and twiggy spice almost-bitter notes, they serve to give the wine some breadth, some interest, some savoury appeal. This shows a lot of “affordable” merlots how it’s done.


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