Smith & Hooper Merlot 2012 (12 x 750mL), Wrattonbully, SA.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049
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$179.88 per case
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In our vineyards in Wrattonbully we have learnt a great deal on how to grow the Merlot grapevine. The canes of Merlot have a tendency to roll over so we now trellis them with a catching wire. This gives the vine structure, stability and allows the grapes to receive dappled light rather than full sun.

The art in Merlot winemaking is avoiding over extraction of the tannins from the fruit and seeds. We make our wines in static fermenters continually tasting the developing wine and pressing the skins when we have structure and weight without tannic hardness. In the pursuit of soft tannins, we are judicious in our oak selection and the wine was in barrel for a maximum of twelve months.

SA - Other South Australian
South Australia

Winery Tasting Notes


The wine’s aroma is inviting showing an opulent convergence of berries, clove and allspice with a waft of bay leaf.


The palate is lively and bright opening with initial red berries and plum fruit that build to a chocolate praline-like mid palate with soft warm tannins that please long after the wine is sipped.


This wine is blended to be enjoyed now and, at a minimum, the next five years.

Food Matching

Try matching with an Asian spiced poached pork belly.

SA - Other South Australian
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Winery Profile

Smith & Hooper wines are sourced entirely from two Wrattonbully estate vineyards - adjacent vineyard blocks previously owned by the Smith and Hooper families. These are premium red wines from exceptional vineyard sites where the winemaking philosophy is to let the terroir speak for itself - and it does. The elements of soil and climate at Smith & Hooper have transformed the noble varieties of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon into wines of finesse and distinction.

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