The Potter's Merlot close up label Liebich

Potter Hoffman pottery colander

The Potter’s Merlot story is one about Potter Samuel Hoffmann, a master potter and craftsman who was the first settler on the Liebichwein property in 1848. Remains of his activities can be found today as shards in areas of the farm in Rowland Flat, but alas, very few whole pots still exist. You might be lucky to see some of Samuel Hoffmann’s pots on display in the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Varietal: 100% Merlot

Region: Rowland Flat, Barossa Valley

Vineyard and Vinification: Merlot vines were planted in 1989 and trained on 5 foot high single wire trellis system to maximise ripening the fruit. Vines are grafted onto two varieties of rootstocks and yield between 3 to 5 tonnes per acre depending on the season. Merlot fruit always shows opulent ripe mulberry and cherry flavours. Traditional winemaking techniques and subsequent maturation in various aged French Vosques and Nevers oak barrels result in Merlot wines of weight and complexity.

Vintages: Produced between 1998-2003 as a 100% varietal then the Thumb-press Cabernet Merlot was introduced into the range. The next 100% Merlot single vineyard wines produced were in 2008, 2010 and 2012 vintages.

Tasting Notes: Deep crimson in colour. A robust full bodied Merlot. The seductive nose of ripe mulberry and pomegranate aromas integrated draw you into the ripe fruit and spicy flavours. Fine-grain tannins, smooth viscosity and a long, rounded finish feature in this wine.

All vintages produced: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2012

Note: since 2002, both cork and screwcaps have been used to bottle these wines. A few select vintages are available as museum release 750ml and 1.5L magnum bottles.