Irvine Springhill Merlot

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Irvine was founded in 1980 by Jim Irvine with the aim to produce world class Merlot wines. Springhill Merlot is named after the original Irvine vineyard in the Eden Valley which still provides a portion of the fruit. This would compete quite happily with good Pomerol or a hefty-priced Chilean.
Type:
Vintage:
2018
Size:
75cl
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
100%
Style:
N/A
ABV:
14.5%
Producer:
Region:
Country:
Australia
Sub Region:
Eden Valley
Body:
Soft, fruity and smooth
Drinking Window:
Drink now
Closure Type:
Screw Cap
£13.99
 

Irvine Wines

Spanning over 400 acres, Irvine Wines’ foundations were laid with the first shiraz plantings by the Miles Family in 1867. Their family owned vineyards are carefully nurtured by fourth generation vigneron Peter Miles and his highly experienced team. Their dedication to crafting exceptional wines is mirrored by their deep heritage in the Barossa region. The region is home to some of the world’s oldest Shiraz and Riesling vineyards and has long been associated with producing world-class expressions of these varieties. Irvine carefully select only the best fruit from each vineyard for their premium Barossa and Eden Valley varieties. An inherent understanding and respect for provenance together with an ongoing commitment to excellence will ensure the Irvine legacy endures.

Tasting Notes

Springhill Merlot is an easy drinking, approachable red that still maintains the Irvine style. On the nose there are raspberry and plum and the palate is medium-weighted with soft tannins and a chocolate edge on the finish. A great introduction to the Irvine portfolio.

Food Matches

Strip sirloin of beef with horseradish, mashed potato and all the trimmings.

Vinification

The Miles family pick the Merlot grapes from the youngest part of the great Springhill vineyard first and it is these grapes, blended with younger vines along the edges, which are harvested and then taken to Irvine's showpiece winery in the Barossa. The grapes are partially de-stemmed, crushed and then fermented on skins at a warm 26 degrees using natural wild yeasts, for around 30 days, with multiple pump overs to extract balanced levels of fruit, tannin and colour. The wine is then transferred to used French oak casks for maturation of around 12 months, when the wine is lightly filtered and bottled.