2019 Wines Of Merritt Vermentino

A very serious look at Vermentino from Margaret River, one of Australia's finest examples of this crunchy, characterful variety.
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Winemaker Nick James-Martin makes a particularly good fist of Vermentino - walking that fine line between racy and flavoursome that the best Sardinian examples manage to achieve.

The key to making Vermentino interesting is picking at the right time. Nick nails it with this wine, getting the fruit right in the sweet-spot where the flavours are full but the acid is still fresh and zippy.

Then, by fermenting it as cloudy juice, he builds weight and texture around the linear spine of the wine. It's a top rendition of the variety here in Australia.

From a vineyard on the sea side (~2km to Indian Ocean) of Caves Road in southern Yallingup. The fruit was hand-picked and wild fermented using cloudy juice in stainless steel, this helps layer texture.


No added acid, no malolactic, the wine has been filtered gently and no fining took place to retain the textural nature of the wine.


Bottled at just under 11% this Vermentino shows all the oyster shell & saline character we often find in Sardinian examples. Bright, fresh & clean (though with texture).

90 Points - Geographe does vermentino through the lens of winemaker Nick James-Martin.

Whiffs of flint and green apple, green melon, a little mute in perfume but good flavour follows. Light and bright style, lemon squeezed on green apple, a lick of chilli and pepper, curiously finishes with a tonic water lick. A little tinny but that’s ok, it’s a light fresh white style so that kinda works. Good vibes drinking here - Mike Bennie.

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    WOM Vermentino

    lovely wine, will keep an eye out for these guys!

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