Forget about Passion,
Merlot’s our Obsession.



Now Australia has better clones of Merlot. This is from just one of them: Q45

This wine is made to authentically represent the attributes of this clone when done well: aromatic, jewel colours, naturally bright acidity, structure and body and vibrant fruit flavours. $32 per bottle

Campbell Mattinson writes "It smells fresh and vibrant and tastes it too. Its structural and sinewy as well; a good combination. It tastes of boysenberry, brair bush and black cherry with creamy gum leaf characters wafting through the finish. It has a textural softness but its juicy, and pulls just enough on the strings to tannin to give it a good firm feel. You'd bet on this maturing well over the medium term, if not longer. 91 points."

"...this has remarkable focus and purity, gossamer tannins threaded through the predominantly red fruits of the mid-palate, thence to the gently earthy/savoury flavours and mouthfeel on the finish. It's only medium-bodied at best, but has great balance and precise use of new oak. As the vines mature, even greater things lie in store." 95 points Special Value wine. Read James Halliday's full review here


2015 The Q 6 Pack
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$192 - 6 bottles 2015 The Q Merlot

2015 The Q 12 Pack
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$384 - 12 bottle case of 2015 The Q Merlot


[pronounced mer-eat] (noun)
1. noteworthy 2. something of virtue 3. an advantage


Our flagship wine, made from clones that are new to Australia, on a superior site that produces fruit a grade or two above what is normally expected of Australian Merlot. This is the wine that created all the Ruckus.

From a significant parcel of four new clones of Merlot. Situated on a rocky sloping rise where the soils comprise iron-rich Terra Rossa over a limestone and clay base. The interplay between a plate of clay and infertile limestone strike a balance to create Merlot with complexity, structure and aromatics. The vineyard is meticulously managed with moderate yield from mature, balanced vines.

This is a pure Merlot: from a single vineyard of 100 percent Merlot. Flavourful, complex, food friendly with elegance, structure and fine tannins. Each vintage clonal batches will be vinified independently until blending. The batches that make the final blend will be the ultimate reflection of the site and vintage. The blending together of these new clones, each showing distinct characteristics, creates a complex, assertive, yet delicate Merlot.

Available at Bennelong in the Sydney Opera House, sixpenny in Sydney, The Bridge Room Sydney, Fix Wine Bar Sydney, Tetsuyas Sydney, Woodland House Melbourne, Bistro Vue Melbourne, French Saloon/Kirks Wine Melbourne, The Lake House Daylesford, Brae, The Source at MONA Tasmania, Balthazar Wine Dining Qld, ARIA Brisbane, La Provence 125 Pirie Street Adelaide, 2KW Adelaide and locally at Pipers of Penola in the Coonawarra Wine region. Found on social media with the hashtag #MERITEMERLOT

Another Special Value wine! Read James Halliday's 96 point review here

To read reviews and the history of this wine, and to understand why these new clones make all the difference, please click here

Download a review from July's Decanter magazine here

"Densely scented bouquet with aromas of sweet plum and new oak, violet and clove, wild red berries and liquorice root; as it the opens up in glass the concentration and complexity builds whilst holding onto its very youthful quiver. On the palate – an obvious yet not overdone ripeness and concentration with flavours that reflect the nose centering on plums, some blue fruits and floral moments. The oak is obvious with its youthful attack, but will integrate over time; medium+ (ish) tannins and acidity, well made and drinking well now. Best from 2019 through 2030+. 94 Points" - Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier

This wine is available under screwcap and cork. Your order will be shipped under cork unless specified otherwise. If you would prefer screwcap then please mention that in the comments section or reply to your order confirmation email with your preference.

$60 per bottle.


2015 Mérite Merlot 6 bottle pack
$360 per 6 pack
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Mérite Merlot 12 Pack
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$720 - 12 bottle case of 2015 Mérite Merlot


From a truly special parcel of mature balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. Our cool climate maritime region that is influenced by the Bonney Upwhelling phenomenon, providing cooling nighttime temperatures. Iron-rich Terra Rossa soils over a limestone base, typical of what is found scattered across our cavelands district. Selected from a mature parcel of balanced vines - this parcel is a proven performer. An intense vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon with naturally bright acidity and fine tannins. This is a keeper for the cellar!

Limited cases - only available here and at Brae Restaurant.

"A classy wine in every way" Special Value Wine James Halliday 96 points

$60 per bottle.


2015 Mérite Cabernet 6 bottle pack
$360 per 6 pack
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Mérite Cabernet 12 Pack
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$720 - 12 bottle case of 2015 Mérite Cabernet


Start off your cellar vertical with three vintages of our flagship wine.

This 12 bottle mixed case comes straight from our cellar to yours and is limited to 20 cases only.

Each Museum vertical case will have 2 bottles of 2013 Merite Merlot, 4 bottles of 2014 Merite Merlot and 6 bottles of 2015 Merite Merlot


Mérite Museum Vertical 12 bottle case
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Mérite 2 pack
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$120 - One bottle each of the 2015 Mérite Merlot and 2015 Mérite Cabernet

Mérite mixed 6 pack
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$360 - 3 bottles each of the 2015 Mérite Merlot and 2015 Mérite Cabernet


"To create this wine careful selections were made from the best barrels in the hall of each clonal batch of Merlot, and then Cabernet. They were blended with pressed wine from each clonal batch of Merlot that had been kept independently earlier on in the winemaking process. This selection process was based purely on merit and determined that a very limited number of bottles were made. A wine that will reward those committed to carefully cellaring it. Only available here."

"...this new 2015 Ultra (due for October release) is simply outstanding: intense but refined, with deeply perfumed black fruit and seductive oak flavours wrapped in a tight blanket of glossy, graphite-like tannin. It should cellar beautifully." Max Allen. Read full story on AFR here

$130 per bottle.

2015 Mérite Ultra
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$130 - Shipped October 1st, 2017


A pale dry savoury rose that works so well with salted foods like ramen, dry-rub ribs and popcorn that we have made up a special two pack. 2 bottles of rose ($24 per bottle) and a pack of lightly salted organic gourmet popcorn delivered to your door for $48 with free shipping. Serve chilled.

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"A new Malbec wine of very limited cases to be released in 2018. Almost fifteen years ago, vIgnerons Colleen and Mike spent four months in Argentina to taste and learn everything they could about growing and making Argentine Malbec. Later, when Argentine clones of Malbec became available in Australia they seized the opportunity to plant an experimental parcel of four clones on their site in 2006 - seeing synergies between their cool climate site and some of the high altitude estates around Mendoza. We're really excited to be able to share an inky, vibrant, delicious Australian cool climate expression of Argentine Malbec with you very soon, although cases will be limited."

In appreciation of their patronage, subscribers to our email newsletter will receive the first offer of this wine. You may subscribe to our enewsletter below or email Colleen to request you are notified as soon as its available.

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