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Cabernet Merlot 2015

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Description

Tasting Notes

Vintage
2015
Grape variety 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot
Oak maturation 100% of the wine is aged in French oak barriques (15% new) for 18 months
Alcohol 13.5% Alc/Vol
Release date May 2017
Colour
Deep red with red-purple hue.
Aroma
Rich and concentrated with ripe dark fruits of currant, plum and cassis. There is a complex array of Cabernet lead characters of bay leaf, dried herbs, lavender and damp earth along with integrated French oak.
Palate Full and textured with fine grain tannin’s. Ripe fruits dominate again with plum, currant and cassis along with cocoa, bay leaf and cedar oak.
Food matches Meat dishes, saucy pastas and cheeses.
Peak drinking
Drinking well now but will develop further over the next 3 to 5 years.

Viticulture

Fruit is sourced from neighboring properties in the most northern sub-region of Margaret River (Yallingup). Meticulous management of bud numbers and shoot thinning continues to ensure a balanced canopy and full fruit ripeness. The 2015 vintage was a very low cropping year due to unfavorable conditions during the flowering and fruit set period. A mild growing season followed with minimal heat spikes. Some cooler and wet weather in March extended the growing season of the red grape harvest.

Winemaking

Each parcel of fruit was gently crushed into small open fermenters with traditional heading down boards where fermentation was carried out under strict temperature controlled conditions. Extraction was achieved by daily draining of wine away from skins and returning back over the top, with fermentation and maceration times varying from 7 to 30 days. The wine was pressed to tank, where 100% was sent to new and older French oak barriques to complete the primary and malo-lactic fermentation.

Storage / Bottling

After 18 months of ageing, the wine was carefully blended to achieve this friendly Margaret River style. Bottled in a premium claret bottle using a screwcap closure.
This closure will ensure the wine retains its youth and fruit integrity

Awards & Achievements

James Halliday Wine Companion

2014 Cabernet Merlot – 95 Points
2013 Cabernet Merlot – 95 Points
2012 Cabernet Merlot – 94 Points
2011 Cabernet Merlot – 96 Points
(Plus selected as a Special Value Wine)
(Plus Best of Cabernet and Family 2015 List)
2010 Cabernet Merlot – 95 Points
2009 Cabernet Merlot – 91 Points
2008 Cabernet Merlot – 93 Points
2007 Cabernet Merlot – 90 Points
2005 Cabernet Merlot – 90 Points
2004 Cabernet Merlot – 90 Points
2003 Cabernet Merlot – 87 Points
2002 Cabernet Merlot – 88 Points

 

2014 Cabernet Merlot

91 Points – Wine Showcase Magazine 2016
Bronze Medal – Royal Hobart Wine Show 2016
Bronze Medal – Sydney Royal Wine Show 2016
Bronze Medal – Margaret River Wine Show 2016

2013 Cabernet Merlot

Gold Medal – Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2015
Silver Medal – Australian Small Winemakers Show 2015
Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge 2015
Bronze Medal – International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
Bronze Medal – Sydney Royal Wine Show 2015

2012 Cabernet Merlot

Silver Medal – Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2014
Silver Medal – Qantas Wine Show of WA Mount Barker 2014
Silver Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition 2014
Bronze Medal – Australian Small Winemakers Show 2014
Bronze Medal – Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2014
90 Points – Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2015

2011 Cabernet Merlot

91 Points – Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2014
“Neat little blend of cabernet and merlot made in a restrained and keenly focussed style. It’s such a polished wine with fine tannin and well-weighted oak to support the medium-bodied fruit. Intense and flavoursome with a controlled finish. Polished and impressive at this price.”

91 Points – Gary Walsh, The Wine Front 2014
“48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec – good to see a healthy mix of grapes. From Yallingup.
Dark fruit, gum leaf, seaweed, chocolate and mint. Medium to full bodied, fleshy and good to drink – red and black fruits, dark chocolate and tobacco – grainy tannin and pretty good length. Satisfying wine and fine value with it.”

Silver Medal – Qantas Wine Show of WA Mount Barker 2013
Silver Medal – Royal Hobart Wine Show 2013
Silver Medal – Royal Queensland Wine Show 2013
91 Points – Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2014
Bronze Medal – Margaret River Wine Show 2013
Bronze Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition 2013
Bronze Medal – Perth Royal Wine Show 2013
Bronze Medal – International Wine Challenge 2013

2010 Cabernet Merlot

Silver Medal – Australian Small Winemakers Show 2012
Bronze Medal – International Wine Challenge 2012
Bronze Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition 2012
Bronze Medal – Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2012
Bronze Medal – Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2012
Bronze Medal – Cowra Wine Show 2012

2009 Cabernet Merlot

Gold Medal – Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2011
Bronze Medal – Sydney Royal Wine Show 2012
Bronze Medal – Australian Small Winemakers Show 2011

2008 Cabernet Merlot

Gold Medal – Australian Small Winemakers Show 2010
Silver Medal – Qantas Wine Show 2010
Bronze Medal – International Wine Challenge 2011
Bronze Medal – Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2010
Bronze Medal – International Wine & Spirits Comp 2010
Bronze Medal – Rutherglen Wine Show 2010
Bronze Medal – Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2010
Bronze Medal – Cowra Wine Show 2010
Bronze Medal – Perth Royal Wine Show 2010
89 points, Ray Jordan: The West Australian, Sept 2010
3 Stars – Winestate Magazine, New Release Tasting 2010

2007 Cabernet Merlot

4 stars, Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller WINE Oct 2009
90 points, Gary Walsh: The Wine Front
87 points, Ray Jordan: WA Wine Guide 2010
Bronze Medal – Sydney Royal Wine Show 2010
Bronze Medal – Rutherglen Agricultural Wine Show 2009
Bronze Medal – Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2009

2006 Cabernet Merlot

Bronze Medal – Ray Jordan’s WA Wine Guide 2009

2005 Cabernet Merlot

4 1/2 stars, Ray Jordan’s WA Wine Guide 2007
Silver Medal – Qantas Wine Show WA 2007
Bronze Medal – Margaret River Wine Show 2007
Bronze Medal – Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2008
Bronze Medal – Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2007
Bronze Medal – Vintage Cellars National Wine Show 2007

2004 Cabernet Merlot

Silver Medal – Scoop Magazine 2005
Bronze Medal – Margaret River Wine Show 2005

2003 Cabernet Merlot

Bronze Medal – Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2004
86 points, Ray Jordan, Guide to Wine 05/06

2002 Cabernet Merlot

Silver Medal – Royal Perth Wine Show 2003
Bronze Medal – Wine Show of Western Australia 2003
94 points Top 100 – Adelaide Advertiser

Additional information

Weight 3.97 kg