2018 Shaw Wines Reserve Merriman Cabernet Sauvignon

$65.00Member: $52.00

An intense nose of dried black currant, cinnamon, boysenberry and fresh blueberries. The palate is spicy and delicate with subtle cedary tannins and a lovely velvety finish.


Product Description

An intense nose of dried black currant, cinnamon, boysenberry and fresh blueberries. The palate is spicy and delicate with subtle cedary tannins and a lovely velvety finish.

Tasting Notes

Winemaking and Viticulture

Much of the unique character of this wine is developed in the vineyard, low yielding spur-pruned vines with only the best of the Cabernet grapes are selected and picked in the cool of the night to ensure fruit is delivered at temperatures less than 20 degrees. Fermentation is on skins in open top fermenters with subsequent maturation in predominately French oak barrels for 22 months prior to bottling.

All the fruit is sourced solely from Shaw Wines Murrumbateman vineyard, an area renowned for production of premium cool climate wines. Stelvin closures are used for freshness and to ensure long term quality.

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• Trophy – NSW Wine Awards 2021
• Gold Medal – NSW Wine Awards 2021
• Gold Medal – Cairns Show Wine Awards 2021
• Silver Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2022
• Silver  Medal – Sydney Royal Wine Show 2021
• Silver Medal – Winewise Small Vigneron Awards 2021
• Silver Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards, London 2021
• Silver Medal – London Wine Competition 2021
• Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge London 2021
• Silver Medal – Vienna International Wine Challenge 2020
• Bronze Medal – Australian Small Winemakers Show 2021
• Bronze Medal – Riverina Wine Show 2020
• 95 Points – Wine Showcase Magazine 2020


Member Prices

All prices shown below are per bottle.

12 bottles quarterly: $52.00

12 bottles twice a year: $52.00

6 bottles quarterly: $52.00

6 bottles twice a year: $52.00

Cellar Until


Matching Foods

Rich dishes such as stews, beef cheeks & lamb.



  1. Tanya Olinder

    Decanter World Wine Awards London, Judges Comments (July 2021)
    Elegant and classic Cabernet, delivering a combination of blackcurrant leaf, cool mint, wet earth and fresh cassis on powdery-fine tannins.

  2. Tanya Olinder

    Aaron Brasher, The Real Review (November 2021)
    Dark and inky in the glass, really youthful in appearance. Aromas are dark-fruited, mulberry, blackberry, cedar, tobacco and iodine, really deep, dark and alluring. The palate has freshness and brightness, lashings of blackberry, black cherry, blackcurrant and brambles. The tannins are firm, but generous, and give shape and savouriness and the acidity has crunch and a snappiness to it that keeps everything fresh.
    Drink to 2036. 95/100 points.

  3. Tanya Olinder

    Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Review (August 2021)
    An explosion of flavours from mint and blackberries, currants and menthol with lashings of oak in the mix. There’s a vibrancy and juiciness across the full-bodied palate, with gritty yet shapely tannins and while a tad firm, it has appeal. Built to be better in a few years.
    92/100 points.

  4. Tanya Olinder

    Max Crus, Grafton Daily Examiner (May 2020)
    Merriman is exactly what you will be if you have one of these in your cellar. 95/100 points.

  5. Tanya Olinder

    Peter Bourne, Gourmet Traveller Wine (December 2021)
    Graeme Shaw is the driving force behind this family enterprise with 30ha under vine and 1,800 sheep grazing on the historic Murrumbateman property. The style is pristine and pure with this a wine of great detail and finesse. Classic blueberry and cassis perfumes greet the nose with hints of mocha chocolates and bay-leaf. Taut and fine-boned, the palate opens up with air to reveal an abundance of blue and black fruits. Sinewy tannins frame the finish. Roast beef, please. Best Buy Wines over $35.

  6. Tanya Olinder

    Christine Salins, FoodWineTravel (March 2022)
    Many people are unaware that Canberra produces some fine Cabernet. At an elevation of around 640 metres, the estate has a few sites with perfect microclimates for this variety. The best fruit goes into this Reserve wine that has won a string of awards, most recently the trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon at the NSW Wine Awards. An earlier vintage was named Best Australian Cabernet Sauvignon at the International Wine Challenge in London. An exquisite wine with delicate blueberry and chocolates notes, it has hints of mint and subtle French oak.

  7. Tanya Olinder

    Judges Comments, Decanter World Wine Awards 2022 (June 2022)
    An impressively deep nose of Christmas spices and red/black fruits. Very well defined, rich blackcurrant and bramble on the palate, this is a delightful and precisely balanced wine. Silver Medal.

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