Set high on an east-west ridge, Merricks finds shelter in the small spurs that come down off the ridge. Cold spring south-westerlies bend the tree tops but down in the vineyard the sun gently warms the 33 year old vines and invariably they respond by setting a small crop of tiny bunches.
A thin layer of grey alluvial soil, washed down from the now eroded peak behind, lays over deep red volcanic soil that holds water well, releasing it slowly during the dry summer spells.
The cooler site here often produces wines that balance power with suppleness and vibrancy. and usually a savoury refreshing hit of Rhubarb and Cranberry. The palest of the three wines, the 2016 Merricks displays a bright crimson edge and lifted cherry, raspberry, cranberry and rhubarb notes. The palate has mouthfilling richness with very fine tannins and refreshing acidity.