2015 Highbank Coonawarra Merlot

Coonawarra, SA

One of the highest-rated Australian Merlots ever on The Wine Front. 96+ points - "This is the one. Must drink." - Mike Bennie.



This is the one. Must drink.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

Merlot. Often maligned, rarely nailed in Australia. Here's a wine that bucks the trend.

The Highbank Merlot sets a high watermark for the variety in Coonawarra. It's a tribute to the high-quality farming by Dennis Vice and his crew. Sustainable viticulture yielding a tremendous wine that can go toe-to-toe with the most esteemed of the old world and the new.

This shows deep, brooding fruit and a framework of incredible tannin that will see it develop beautifully for decades to come. Mike Bennie wrote, "This is as good a merlot as I’ve seen in recent years." in his huge 96+ point review of the 2015 vintage.

About Highbank

Highbank is a hidden gem of the Coonawarra wine scene.

A small, independent operation started by Dennis and Bonnie Vice more than two decades ago, this is one of the few organically-farmed vineyards on the hallowed Terra Rossa soils of this famous region.

The wines are a traditionalist's dream. They are statuesque, elegant and architectural and exemplify what modern Coonawarra could look like. Forward-thinking sustainable farming building towards classic wines with pedigree and longevity. If you've fallen out of love with Coonawarra, Highbank might be the one to rekindle the relationship.

Highbank Vineyard
Highbank Vineyard
Coonawarra, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

This single vineyard Merlot is sourced from our family Highbank vineyards in Coonawarra.

A delightful wine, matured in the finest of French oak barrels for 1 year, we offer this Vintage 2015 Highbank wine to you with pride.

Blend : Merlot (100%)
ABV : 15.0%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"This is as good a merlot as I’ve seen in recent years. Seamless, svelte, incredibly succulent and appetising tannins (those tannins!), dark plum and berry fruit but all of that understated, rasps of ferrous earthiness and graphite minerality, faint ‘Aussie bush character’ – there’s so much going on but it’s seamless, finessed and just shy of medium weight across the palate. Every sip I wanted another. Big call. It’s merlot, and old school-good school, and outdoing that region with an X at the end of it. This is the one. Must drink." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


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