Our Merlot is sourced from the ‘Terry’ block of the Parker Coonawarra Estate ‘Abbey’ vineyard. This small 1.5 hectare sub-section was planted in 1985 and continues to produce fruit with intensity of flavour and strong regional character.
Terra Rossa Merlot is made in limited quantities, and only in those vintages deemed to be outstanding. The terra rossa over limestone soil base of our ‘Abbey’ vineyard consistently produces low yielding vines which result in fruit with piercing flavours and considerable depth.
92 POINTS - HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2018
A solidly built wine that teases with its aroma of berried fruits on the cassis spectrum, potter's clay and roasted tomatoes topped with Mediterranean herbs. Fresh fruited on the palate, structured but not over-wrought with sweet ripe tannins. Ready now.
95 POINTS - TONY KEYS
This is one of those merlot’s that make me think there is more to the grape then I like to admit, no great standout aromas on the nose but clean and inviting. It’s a different story across the palate the top notes are a mix of soft black fruits whilst underneath there is power with the tannin and acid well integrated leading to a fine finish, the return is very impressive bringing the whole to a satisfying end. 95 points and worth $34
91 POINTS - GARY WALSH
Campbell doesn’t ‘do Merlot’, so the Maestro of Merlot (that’s me by the way) ably steps into the breach.
It’s pretty good Merlot. Smells of black olives and twigs, hazelnut chocolate, mint, red and black fruit, though it falls more to savoury, than fruity. Medium bodied, coffee and hazelnut, smooth grainy tannin, a slight twang to the acidity, and pretty decent length. It’s an attractive wine for sure
90 POINTS - HUON HOOKE
Deep red colour with a tinge of purple, the bouquet blackberry, blackcurrant, violet and crushed leaf. Very attractive aromas. The palate is taut and firm and sinewy, only medium-bodied and a touch lean. It's not a big wine and it oddly lacks a little in softness and seductiveness. Still, a good merlot.
2014 TERRA ROSSA MERLOT REVIEWS
92 POINTS - CAMPBELL MATTINSON
Heightened acidity but the flavours are solid. Blackberry, briar, earth and loganberry, with rugged tannin pulling it all out through the finish. It's a muscular wine; robust
94 POINTS - TONY KEYS
Smart wine, though I thought the previous release had more to offer. Anyhow, let’s not worry about what has gone but what is here. What this merlot has is character. It’s nervy to start, dancing around the front of the palate, making the drinker not sure what direction it’s going before racing off to settle in the middle with sweetness and harmony that is very pleasing. It then coasts to the finish leaving a hint of savoury. 94 points and worth $34