2013 Merlot, Merriman Reserve

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This is the first Merlot labelled under our Reserve label. Exceptional aromas of varietal plums and black cherries. A palate of intense fruit concentration with a touch of elegance. This is a delightful, medium bodied wine, which finishes long with soft, firm savoury tannins.


Suggested Food Match

Light meats such as duck, quail and veal, and pasta dishes. Also perfect with mild spicy curries and stir fries with mild heat and crunchy textures such as Pad Thai, Basil chilli stir fry and Thai red curry.


  • Trophy – Vienna International Wine Challenge 2015
  • Gold Medal – Vienna International Wine Challenge 2015
  • Gold Medal – China Wine & Spirits Awards 2015
  • Bronze Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition 2015
  • Bronze Medal – Canberra & Region Wine Show 2015
  • Bronze Medal – Australian Small Winemakers Show 2015
  • Bronze Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards, London 2015
  • International Commendation – International Wine Challenge, London 2015
  • 95 Points James Halliday, September 2015
Reviews (6)

6 reviews for 2013 Merlot, Merriman Reserve

  1. Tony Keys

    2013 Reserve Merriman Merlot – Tony Keys (March 2017)

    Mr Shaw and his team have hit the Merlot sweet spot with this offering. Go to Bordeaux for this quality of Merlot and add at least $100 to the bottle price which means at $60 this is a bargain a mean 94 now but a couple more to come as it ages.

  2. John Lewis

    2013 Reserve Merriman Merlot, John Lewis (January 2016)

    From Graeme and Ann Shaw’s high-altitude vineyard at Murrumbateman, north of Canberra, this 13 per cent alcohol merlot is garnet-hued, has potpourri scents and brings ripe mulberry flavour to the front of the palate. Maraschino cherry, peppermint and liquorice fruit characters meld with savoury oak on the middle palate and ferric tannins hold sway at the finish.

    It is in some shops, at shawvineyards.com.au and from the cellar door in Isabel Drive, Murrumbateman. Graeme Shaw gives the Merriman tag to what he considers his best red of each vintage. This honours pioneer fine wool producer George Merriman. In the mid-1800s, Merriman was the first person to take up the Murrumbateman land which now hosts the vines that produced this merlot. 4.5 STARS

  3. Rob Ingram

    2013 Reserve Merriman Merlot, Rob Ingram, Country Magazine (January 2016)

    I guess we all knew that one day something good would come out of Canberra. And now, after nearly a century of waiting, we get a double whammy. Even the dazzling intelligentsia of television quiz shows would shy away from naming Canberra as one of our better wine-producing regions. But let me tell you otherwise.

    One of the hardest ways to attract the large numbers of friends that wine producers need to assemble is to buy a sheep property established in the mid-i8oos and to start from scratch.

    Graeme Shaw and his family established Shaw Vineyard Estate in 1998 in the heart of the Canberra cool-climate wine region, planting riesling, semillon, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and merlot vines.

    Straight merlot varietals weren’t very much in vogue at the time, but merlot brings softness to cabernet sauvignon and generally balances cabernet blends. It is, of course,
    a key component of Bordeaux blends and flourishes in the heavier soils of the Bordeaux region.

    On his Murrumbateman property at an elevation of around 640 metres, Graeme found outstanding cabernet terroir and planted merlot to blend with the cabernet. The label enjoyed good show success with its cabernet-merlots and, when merlot varietals came to the Australian market’s attention,

    a straight merlot was added to the portfolio. The merlot, too, attracted show success — notably the 2009 Premium Merlot, which made it into the top echelon at the 2011 Sydney International Wine Competition.

    The 2013 merlot showed so much promise that Graeme Shaw elevated it from the SVE Estate range to the Reserve range that features the company’s finest wines, and honoured it by adding the name ‘Merriman’ to the label. George Merriman championed the Murrumbateman region as a producer of world-class wool in the late 19th century, and actually owned part of the land on which
    the Shaw vineyard is now planted.

    The Shaws — wife Ann, children Michael and Tanya, and son-in-law Michael Olinder are also involved —decided to enter their 2013 Reserve Merriman Merlot in this year’s Vienna International Wine Challenge. There it could be measurd against the merlots so popular in Austria, Switzerland and eastern Europe. It won a gold medal, plus the trophy for best merlot, a thrilling accolade for the family.

  4. Huon Hooke

    2013 Reserve Merriman Merlot, Huon Hooke (December 2015)

    The aroma is floral and herbal, the wine is medium-bodied and relatively soft, which is a major advantage over most young merlots, and the palate is medium to full-bodied and has some fleshy richness and textural qualities. A pleasing merlot. Drink 2016 to 2027

  5. David Ellis

    2013 Reserve Merriman Merlot, David Ellis, Southern Highland News (November 2015)

    ONE TO NOTE: SHAW Vineyard Estate at Murrumbateman in the Canberra District has really kicked some goals in its just-ten year existence, and another for its books is a just-released 2013 Reserve Merriman Merlot made from the very best of fruit that was hand-selected from low-yielding vines, and picked in the cool of night.

    Graeme Shaw has been producing Estate and Reserve label Merlots for many years – the difference being the extra time the Reserve spends in select French barrels – and has now added the moniker Merriman to his 2013 Reserve Merlot.

    That’s because it’s the name he gives to his best red of the year, and honours pioneer George Merriman who produced world-class wool from Murrumbateman land on part of which the cool-climate Shaw vineyard now thrives.

  6. James Halliday

    2013 Reserve Merriman Merlot, James Halliday (September 2015)

    A firm, assertive wine, eager to impress but equally keen to do it the right way, rather than striking simply at size. Nutty dark cherry and backberry flavours, edging into mulberry, with silty/nutty tannin keeping the strings pulled tight. Undergrowth character add yet more complexity. It’s a wine that slowly but surely gets under your skin.

    90 Points. Drink by 2028.

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