2019 Cabernet Merlot
Appellation: Margaret River
Vintage & Varietal: 2019 Cabernet Merlot
Winemaker's Notes: 2019 vintage started later than usual with reds picking in April and early May. This was due to lower than average temperatures during the months prior to harvest. The mild and cooler weather was quite beneficial to the ripening process of the reds, allowing a long stint of tannin ripening. Only the most balanced fruit from various sites across the Margaret River wine region make the cut for this blend. Each parcel was fermented separately in stainless steel. The Merlot was pressed off skins early to avoid harsh tannins, whilst the Cabernet was left on skins to provide structure to the final wine. After fermentation was complete, the wines were matured in French oak for a period of 12 months and selected parcels were blended together with a little fining before bottling.
Oak: Predominantly French.
Cellar: Drink now or cellar 5 - 8 years
Aroma: A lifted bouquet of blackcurrant, raspberries and mulberries balanced with hints of chocolate, dried herbs and toasty oaky notes.
Palate: Soft and delicate wine displaying varietal fruit characters of blackcurrant, dark plums and raspberries. Finishing with a silky length of integrated tannins and subtle oak.
Food Pairing: Slow cooked braised beef cheeks. Red wine beef & mushroom casserole or vegetarian lasagne.
Standard Drinks: 8.6
Case Size: 12