The Merchant

2012 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 delicious plush Shiraz with rich black forest fruits, pepper and subtle licorice undertones. Long velvety tannins add great complexity and structure ensuring it will reward with 7-10 years bottle age.

Vintage Conditons

A cool Spring, with lower than average winter and spring rainfall meant the vines got away to a steady, yet slightly slow start. Wet weather in late November affected fruit set a little therefore low to moderate crops. The low crops and mild temperatures in summer provided for slow ripening which allowed for intense fruit flavours, balanced with good colour and acidity. Despite low crops, an excellent vintage overall.

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:

92 Points – James Halliday

“The stamp of the winemaker is very obvious, but so is that of the region and, in this instance, the oak; the fruit flavours are softer, their depth less.”

 

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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 delicious plush Shiraz with rich black forest fruits, pepper and subtle licorice undertones. Long velvety tannins add great complexity and structure ensuring it will reward with 7-10 years bottle age.

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Vintage Conditons

A cool Spring, with lower than average winter and spring rainfall meant the vines got away to a steady, yet slightly slow start. Wet weather in late November affected fruit set a little therefore low to moderate crops. The low crops and mild temperatures in summer provided for slow ripening which allowed for intense fruit flavours, balanced with good colour and acidity. Despite low crops, an excellent vintage overall.

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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:

92 Points – James Halliday

“The stamp of the winemaker is very obvious, but so is that of the region and, in this instance, the oak; the fruit flavours are softer, their depth less.”

 

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