Geoff Merrill, Cabernet Sauvignon Parham, Boxed, 2015
“A tribute to Bill Parham, Geoff Merrill`s grandfather, who lived 102 years and one month. This Cabernet will, too, be long-lived. Aged in brand new American oak for 27 months and sourced from two premium sites - “Wickham” McLaren Vale (85%) and “Graymoor” Coonawarra (15%). The American oak adds some sweetness, but the depth of blackcurrant fruit out-wrestles it. Quite a herby and tomatoey type early, sage, mint and some dried herbs are prominent alongside that black fruit.