Fox Creek `Reserve` Merlot 2008 (12 x 750mL), McLaren Vale, SA.

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Sourced from premium McLaren Vale vineyards with well drained sandy loam soils, this wine is blended from 2 clones new to Australia. These new clones respond well to this region and to our winemaking regime, with the wine exhibiting more aroma and flavour as well as finishing with finer tannins than what has been traditionally produced from D3V14. The grapes were harvested when fruit flavours, grape tannins and acids reached maturity. Fermentation on skins was for 8 - 10 days with a 90% of the wine completing barrel fermentation in predominantly older hogsheads. Maturation of each vineyard and clone batch occurred in specialised 2-3 year old oak barrels from a selection of French coopers. Barrel by barrel tasting during all stages of fermentation and barrel maturation was performed to ensure only the best Merlot barrels were selected for use in the final blend.

SA - McLaren Vale
South Australia

Expert Reviews

"So very much Merlot is a disappointment, this isn't; Having slammed the variety so many times it's an incredible treat to taste a wine of such individual character, its depth is amazing and richness almost overwhelming teetering on the edge of obesity fortunately all parts are in balance and the after taste is quite magnificent although still showing some raw oak; good to taste but still needs a couple of years bottle age before it really shows its true beauty." 94 points - Tony Keys, Key Review, July 2010

Winery Tasting Notes


Deep red with a ruby rim.


Red cherry with a hint of musk, earthy with a hint of bracken and a heady mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and toast.


Bright red cherries, blackberry, plums and quince fill a luscious mid palate all framed by elegant and textural grape and oak tannins. A serious merlot in which balance is the key.

Ageing Potential

Drink between 2009 and 2016

Medals & Trophies

Gold Medal, Five Nations Wine Challenge 2011

Gold Medal, (Best Australian Merlot), Mondial du Merlot 2010

Gold Medal, International Wine Challenge Catavinum 2011

Silver Medal (Best in Class), International Wine & Spirit Competition 2010

Bronze Medal, Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2010

Bronze Medal, Royal Queensland Wine Show 2010

Bronze Medal, Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2010

Bronze Medal, Royal Queensland Wine Show 2009

Recommended, WSA Wine Challenge, Singapore 2010

Commended, International Wine Challenge (UK) 2010

Commended, Japan Wine Challenge 2010

Commended, Decanter World Wine Awards 2010

SA - McLaren Vale
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It all began when a group of medicos decided to realise a lifelong passion - creating a wine from bare earth and sunshine. The earth was found at McLaren Vale, one of South Australia's premier wine regions, renowned worldwide for its Shiraz and other red wines. The sunshine was free.

When Jim and Helen Watts bought the 32 hectare Fox Creek Vineyard property in 1984, they were advised against planting vines as the soils were heavy clay. The property had previously been used for growing barley and grazing sheep. Undeterred by the sceptics, they selected and planted fine quality cuttings and nurtured the young vines. Their labours bore fruit - extraordinary good quality fruit - that was lovingly converted into supreme quality wines. Under the skilled guidance of the winemakers, the wines came to life!

Leader of the pack and the first wine made at Fox Creek was our 1994 Shiraz, which won the Trophy for the best wine at the McLaren Vale Wine Show in 1995. McLaren Vale is the gateway to the Fleurieu Peninsula and is home to some of the best produce and vineyards in the country. With over 76 wineries in McLaren Vale along, visitors can spend days experiencing some of the best wines in the world.

Fox Creek has three company vineyards or approximately 60 hectares of vines. The vineyards are within a range of 5 kilometres, near the village of Willunga.On our vineyards we grow most common grape varieties. The red varieties are our specialty, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The white varieties grown are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho and Semillon.

Fox Creek has always protected and enhanced the areas surrounding the vineyards with plantings of indigenous native trees. These provide habitat, food and shelter for native birds. Our focus is to be environmentally friendly and only use sustainable practices if possible. We strive to minimise the use of any chemical or other artificial agents.

All of our vineyards are hand pruned to control vigour. Hand pruning also controls cropping levels which are kept quite low, enabling us to produce small berries full of concentrated flavour and colour.

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