2016 Merlot


The McLeish Estate single vineyard Merlot has been a cornerstone in our portfolio for over 20 years.

The focus is continually on using sensitive winemaking techniques that embody old school methods with a modern approach to production.

Tasting Notes

The Merlot displays a ruby red hue. With aromatics dominated by rich, raspberry, plum and dark chocolate with a hint of spice.

The palate reveals supple medium bodied wine, displays fresh cherry, and mulberry upfront. With a concentrated flavour of fruitcake, cinnamon and mocha interwoven with a fine grained tannin structure.


The Hunter Valley experienced some early rain which delayed the start of harvest to early February. The hand harvesting process was carried out to select only the most premium fruit, therefore lower yields where seen. The Merlot was harvested on the 28th of February with the optimal conditions prevailing with long warmer days, leading to excellent ripeness and primary fruit characters.


Our Merlot vineyard was established in 1985 with the vines being hand harvested. Continuously creating outstanding fruit each year, the vines are dry land grown, thus ensuring low yields and high quality fruit. The vineyard soil is quite typical of the Hunter Valley with a mixture of sandy loam and red volcanic clay.

Cuisine: Fantastic match to duck, quail or pasta dishes

Cellaring: Current consumption – 2023

Alcohol: 13.5%