The Merchant

2010 Barossa Valley Shiraz
$35.00
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$35.00

The Merchant

‘The Merchant’ is named in honour Thomas Claudius (T.C.) Seabrook (1886-1967), who was a respected wine merchant, judge and educator. At the age of 12, T.C. began work in the family business, WJ Seabrook & Son, a classic English wine merchant that imported and exported wines, and produced its own blends. T.C. was meticulous about wine and became one of an influential group of connoisseurs who helped keep the trade alive when it was threatened by temperance restrictions. T.C, who once a stern teetotaller to the age of 32, was renowned for his excellent palate and acerbic wit and was often referred to as “the man with the uncanny palate”. He was honorary secretary and president of the Viticultural Society of Victoria and in 1963 appointed O.B.E. Like his father before him and his son Douglas after him, he was also chairman of wine judges at the Victorian Royal Agricultural Show.

Tasting Notes

This wine, sourced from premium vineyards in the Barossa Valley is a dense, rich wine of power and restraint. The aroma is lifted in dark earthy forest fruits with liquorice and black pepper. The palate is dominated by dark blackberry fruits with aniseed, leather and spice flavours integrated with long fine and savoury tannins. A wine of superb balance and length of flavours that will open and change with time in the glass.

Vintage Conditions

Significant rainfall during the winter and spring of 2009 provided good soil moisture for the onset of the growing season. Spring was fairly mild with moderate warm days, resulting in an early budburst. In early November, a nine-day heat wave led to rapid leaf and canopy growth, this was followed by warm, mild and dry growing season, canopies remained very healthy with ripening slightly earlier than normal.

Vineyard Region

Clancy vineyard

Krondorf, Barossa Valley, South Australia. The red schist soils lie adjacent to Jacobs’s Creek and produce ultra-premium fruit which has a distinctively perfumed, rich, textural, yet elegant profile. The Vineyard is world renowned for wines of substance and fruit richness but also providing restraint structure and length.

Mooka’s Block

Vine Vale, Barossa Valley, South Australia. Father-in-laws vineyard situated next door to our ‘home block’. It consistently produces low yield premium Shiraz with structural, savory concentrated fruit rich in dark berry fruits.

Awards/Reviews:

95 Points – James Halliday

“Deep crimson-purple; in some ways seeks to change places with ‘The Chairman’; full of delicious blackberry, spice and licorice fruit, this is the more elegant of the two wines; the medium-bodied palate is beautifully weighted, fruit, oak and tannins seamlessly bound, the finish clear and uncluttered”.

+ Story

The Merchant

‘The Merchant’ is named in honour Thomas Claudius (T.C.) Seabrook (1886-1967), who was a respected wine merchant, judge and educator. At the age of 12, T.C. began work in the family business, WJ Seabrook & Son, a classic English wine merchant that imported and exported wines, and produced its own blends. T.C. was meticulous about wine and became one of an influential group of connoisseurs who helped keep the trade alive when it was threatened by temperance restrictions. T.C, who once a stern teetotaller to the age of 32, was renowned for his excellent palate and acerbic wit and was often referred to as “the man with the uncanny palate”. He was honorary secretary and president of the Viticultural Society of Victoria and in 1963 appointed O.B.E. Like his father before him and his son Douglas after him, he was also chairman of wine judges at the Victorian Royal Agricultural Show.

+ Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

This wine, sourced from premium vineyards in the Barossa Valley is a dense, rich wine of power and restraint. The aroma is lifted in dark earthy forest fruits with liquorice and black pepper. The palate is dominated by dark blackberry fruits with aniseed, leather and spice flavours integrated with long fine and savoury tannins. A wine of superb balance and length of flavours that will open and change with time in the glass.

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Vintage Conditions

Significant rainfall during the winter and spring of 2009 provided good soil moisture for the onset of the growing season. Spring was fairly mild with moderate warm days, resulting in an early budburst. In early November, a nine-day heat wave led to rapid leaf and canopy growth, this was followed by warm, mild and dry growing season, canopies remained very healthy with ripening slightly earlier than normal.

+ Vineyard

Vineyard Region

Clancy vineyard

Krondorf, Barossa Valley, South Australia. The red schist soils lie adjacent to Jacobs’s Creek and produce ultra-premium fruit which has a distinctively perfumed, rich, textural, yet elegant profile. The Vineyard is world renowned for wines of substance and fruit richness but also providing restraint structure and length.

Mooka’s Block

Vine Vale, Barossa Valley, South Australia. Father-in-laws vineyard situated next door to our ‘home block’. It consistently produces low yield premium Shiraz with structural, savory concentrated fruit rich in dark berry fruits.

+ Awards/Reviews

Awards/Reviews:

95 Points – James Halliday

“Deep crimson-purple; in some ways seeks to change places with ‘The Chairman’; full of delicious blackberry, spice and licorice fruit, this is the more elegant of the two wines; the medium-bodied palate is beautifully weighted, fruit, oak and tannins seamlessly bound, the finish clear and uncluttered”.

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