Location: Stanleys Rd, Merricks North
(Between Balnarring Beach and Red Hill)
Vineyard: North Facing, Clone MV6, Planted 1992
Region: Mornington Peninsula
Owner: Joe Gersch
Place: Beautiful section of the Peninsula around Balnarring and Merricks. Cooling south easterly winds, basalt based red soils, plump perfumed wines. Grapes nurtured by Barney Flanders and David Chapman. Good lads with a hint of naughty.
Merricks Grove is typical Mornington style.
Luckily no fires on the Peninsula in 2009. The Merricks Grove is very typical Mornington style. Ripe black cherry and warm spice notes from a terrific vintage with plenty of natural acidity. The palate mirrors the nose with subtle but fragrant fruit, fine tannins balanced with juicy acidity. A plumper style Pinot, totally gluggable. Great length and good aging potential but we haven’t had a lot of joy keeping our mits off this wine.