Merite is turning heads with its reinvention of Australian merlot, and its fresh take on malbec also demands attention.
The secret once again is different clones. Founders Mike Kloak and Colleen Miller in 2008 planted an experimental parcel of four Argentinian malbec clones, that apparently create smaller berries, and therefore wines of greater complexity.
That’s the back story, and it does indeed translate to a finer, more elegant Aussie malbec that is satisfyingly tart and juicy on the palate.
There’s loads going on: cherries, liquorice, pepper, fruit pastilles, all supported by a nice lick of oak.
It still looks really spritely, even having had a few years in the bottle. Its fine tannins and bright acidity suggest it will continue to age gracefully for another decade; a great drink now, but I’d love to see it in another 2-3 years.