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Shelmerdine

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Merindoc Vineyard, Lancefield Rd, Tooborac, 3522

Cellar Door: Weekdays (11-3), weekends (11-5)

Merindoc Vineyard, Lancefield Rd, Tooborac, 3522

Ph: (03) 9696 7018

Shelmerdine wines from the Yarra Yalley

A Shelmerdine vineyard in the northern Heathcote

The Shelmerdine family are major figures in the Victorian wine industry (including the founding of Mitchelton). Stephen Shelmerdine has vineyards spread over three sites in the Yarra Valley and Heathcote.

The main staples of Heathcote end of the operation are Shiraz, Merlot, Viognier and Riesling. There is now a Syrah Grenache under the Phi label that Stephen Shelmerdine runs jointly with Steve Webber from De Bortoli.

The Merindoc cellar door at Tooboorac in the south of the region (photo: genxywines)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Shelmerdine Merindoc Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, perfumed and glossy blackberry and sour red cherry with violet, liquorice and bay  leaf notes. merdium-bodied palate is fractionally forward, slaty with savoury tannins and spicy French oak (****)

Shelmerdine Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Purchased: Not ($33)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, juicy blueberry and plum with miint and blue flower notes, long, medium-full bodied and earthy with unexpected brown caramel aspects to the cedar oak, dusty and savour tannins (***1/2)

Shelmerdine Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, floral and plump green apple, pear and passionfruit with musky spices and citrus blossom notes, crisp lemony acidity with chalky minerality (***)

Shelmerdine Willoughby Bridge Nebbiolo 2012

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, glossy red cherry and raspberry entry with bay leaf and rose petal notes, earthy and medium bodied mid-palate with some tarry undercurrents, moderately grippy powdery tannins (****)

Shelmerdine Willoughby Bridge Syrah Grenache 2013

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, fleshy black cherry, mulberry and blackberry with rose petal, anise and pepper notes, medium bodied with grainy tannins and juicy acidity, discrete spicy vanilla oak (****)

Shelmerdine Willoughby Bridge Rose 2013

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, Grenache-based barrel fermented, creamy strawberry and red fruits with pomegranate and herb notes, viscous with slightly bitter phenolics, vibrant acidity (****)

Shelmerdine Merindoc Viognier 2013

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink:

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, barrel fermented apricot and pear with chamomile and orange blossom notes, moderately viscous, there’s a dusting of gingery spices, slightly grippy phenolics, good line and length (****)

Shelmerdine Merindoc Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, good floral nose, rounded and plump red apple, passionfruit and lime with musky spices, crisp chalky finish (***)

Shelmerdine Willoughby Bridge Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2011

Purchased: Not ($33)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, 80% Shiraz, 10% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, aromatic, fleshy and medium bodied plums and black cherries with violet florals, savoury meat, mint and herbal notes, spine of firm acidity with a grainy tannin finish, will be interesting to see this in a less challenging vintage (****1/2)

Shelmerdine Willoughby Bridge Dulcis 2012

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, Bronze Medal at Heathcote Wine Show 2013, this is a late harvest (non botrytis) Viognier from their Colbinabbin vineyard in the Northern Heatchote, whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented, moderately viscous dried apricot and pear with apple blossom florals and gingery spices, fresh orange peel edged acidity, balanced aperitif style (****)

Shelmerdine Merindoc Viognier 2012

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, barrel fermented, lightly creamy dried pear and apricot with cinnamon and ginger nuances, crisp and not oily, talcy texture, fresh orange rind acidity with well controlled powdery phenolics (****1/2 )

Shelmerdine Merindoc Heathcote Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($68)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, PT23 clone, aromatic and blackberry, dark plum and sour red cherry with violet, liquorice and bay leaf notes, more high toned and glossy that the drought vintages medium-full bodied although the slaty minerality is less expressive, chalky, savoury tannins, spicy French oak adds dark chocolate on the finish, the usual very good line and length, still fairly tight and needs more time in the cellar (****1/2)

Shelmerdine Heathcote Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Purchased: Not ($33)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, fresh, juicy and lively core of cassis and plums with mint and olive notes, graphite minerality and medium-full bodied with open knit powdery tannins and well balanced acidity and spicy cedar oak, very good line and length (****1/2)

Shelmerdine Heathcote Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($33)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, slightly tarry but shows a tapestry of redcurrants, dark plums and blackcurrant with liquorice, bay leaf and white pepper notes, supple entry becomes firmer with savoury tannins and regional minerals, good persistence (****)

Shelmerdine Merindoc Riesling 2012

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, rounded and a little broad showing delicate red apple, brown lime flavours with musky spices, chalky texture with some wet pebbles on the crisp lemony finish (***)

Shelmerdine Merindoc Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($68)

Drink: 2022+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2012, PT23 clone, perfumed, supple but deeply concentrated blackberry, dark plum and mulberry with violet, liquorice and savoury game notes, medium-full bodied with slaty minerality with lingering chalky, savoury tannins, alcohol kept to 13.5%, tight line and length that will unfurl greater complexity with decent cellaring, the French oak brings some spice and dark chocolate to the finish (****1/2)

Phi Syrah Grenache 2009

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2012, inaugural release consists of 52% Shiraz and 48% Grenache, this wine is released under the joint De Bortoli/Shelmerdine ’Phi’ label and is sourced from the Shelmerdine  Willoughby Vineyard in the north of the region, aromatic, spicy and silky red and black cherries with white pepper and  herbal meat complexity, slaty and medium-full bodied palate that has good intensity without getting too heavy, nicely focussed stalky acidity from the whole bunch inclusion, slinky savoury and chalky tannins, the oak input from the old 500l puncheons lets the fruit do most of the talking (****1/2)

Shelmerdine Merindoc Heathcote Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($65)

Drink: 2022+

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, PT23 clone, as usual this is a powerful but beautifully balanced expression of the regional style, supple blackberry and mulberry with mint, liquorice and game notes, plenty of slaty minerality with slinky, savoury tannins, alcohol s a modest 13.5%, very good line and length (****1/2)

Shelmerdine Heathcote Viognier 2010

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, creamy dried pear and apricot with fig, cinnamon and ginger nuances, there are some malo and barrel ferment inputs but it is not too heavy or oily, talcy underlying texture, lingering and vibrant orange rind acidity with well controlled phenolics that add complexity without bitterness, has taken the next step up in quality (****1/2)

Shelmerdine Willougby Bridge Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, from the north of the region, there is a 1% Viognier input, perfumed blueberry and dark plum with liquorice, mint and toasty brown spices, minerally medium-full bodied palate is rather glycerolly and plump on the mid-palate but is infused with the firm chewy tannins and acid backbone, roast coffee-cedar oak, needs some time to settle but should reward (****)

Shelmerdine Willougby Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, from the north of the region, firm and briary blackcurrant and plum with mint and dried herb nuances, minerally and medium bodied palate with medium toast oak bringing char, cedar and spice to the back end, powdery tannins, some herbaceousness and metallicness on the finish (***1/2)

Shelmerdine Merindoc Heathcote Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($65)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009, single clone (PT237) from the Merindoc Vineyard, brambly and deep set blackberry and dark plum with liquorice, fruitcake and roast meat aspects, the palate is very long with savoury edges and framed with a heightened expression of the slaty minerality of the best from the region, alcohol is kept to a modest 13.5%, finishes with balanced mocha-chocolate and cedar oak inputs, finely structured tannins are firm enough to match the richness of the wine (*****)

Shelmerdine Heathcote Viognier 2009

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009, from the Merindoc Vineyard in the cooler southern end of the region, whole bunch press and partial malo, spicy and fairly richly flavoured orange rind and pear with dried fig and ginger nuances, fairly tautly structured with good length, talcy texture with slightly bitter phenolics that set up a sweet:sour contrast (***1/2)

Shelmerdine Heathcote Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Not ($33)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009, richly flavoured but medium bodied blackberry and blueberry with violet and dried herb nuances, plenty of minerally texture and chewy tannins, the back end is a little too dependent on the spicy cedar-vanilla oak for a higher score (***1/2)

Shelmerdine Heathcote Riesling 2008

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2009, flavoursome ripe red apple, brown lime and musk, gentle brown spices with stonefruit acidity, chalky minerality, a touch of residual sugar showing, a bit broad and early developing which isn’t a surprise for the region and vintage (***1/2)

Shelmerdine Merindoc Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2008, sourced from a single clone (PT237) from the Merindoc Vineyard (southern Heathcote), only 250 cases made, tangy multi-layered blackcurrant, dark plum, liquorice and salted meats, medium-full bodied and spicy on a bedrock of minerally texture, rich dark chocolate and cedar oak, chewy but savoury tannins (****1/2)

Shelmerdine Heathcote Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($31)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2008, sourced from two vineyards at either ends of the region, complex range of flavours in mulberry, dark plum and cherry spectrum, restrained, textured and medium bodied palate with cinnamon and dried herb nuances, smoked meat aspects to the back half, lingering savoury tannins (****)

Shelmerdine Heathcote Viognier 2008

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2008, bright apricot with dried fig and dried pear nuances, intensely spicy, in the brown spice spectrum, the palate is a bit oily and extractive, some malo and barrel ferment inputs, refreshingly brisk mandarin acid finish, not for the faint hearted (***1/2)

Shelmerdine Heathcote Merlot 2006

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2008, from the northern end of the region, sweet plum and cassis with some olive and tobacco notes, medium bodied with mid-palate spiciness, fruit gets rather submerged on the back half to the cedar and cigar box oak features, loose knit drying tannins (***)

Shelmerdine Heathcote Viognier 2006

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, vibrant apricot, pear and quince with plenty of ginger and spice nuances, touch of mandarin on citric acid finish, excellent balance and length (****)

Shelmerdine Heathcote Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($33)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, small Viognier component co-fermented, sweet plum and blackberry, medium bodied and has avoided drought vintage jamminess, herbal and white pepper notes, some acid grip but fairly smooth tannins, cedar-vanilla oak features (***1/2)

Shelmerdine Heathcote Merlot 2005

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, red cherry, plum and mint, tightly structured with varietal pepper and a touch of tobacco, charry French oak, smooth tannins (***)

Shelmerdine The Red Hat Shiraz Cabernet Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, smooth blackcurrant and plum, light pepper with sweet coconut-vanilla oak features, smooth tannins, entry level style (**1/2)

Shelmerdine Heathcote Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, lifted nose shows black cherry, plum and blackberry with spice and violet notes, palate has some elegance and a savoury finish, balanced acid and silky tannins, restrained balanced style rather than the over the top regional style (****)

Shelmerdine Heathcote Shiraz 2002

Purchased: Melbourne Airport bottleshop ($30)

Drink: 2011

Tasting: Not Reviewed Yet