2018 Cabernet Merlot
Varietals (%’S): 72% Cabernet Sauvignon; 25% Merlot; 3% Shiraz
Appearance: Dark crimson red with black tints.
Aroma: Redcurrant, salted raspberry and blackcurrant fruits lead into savoury notes of olive, bay leaf and tobacco spice.
Palate: The medium-weighted palate unfolds in layers of fruit, savoury herbs, dark chocolate, and subtle oak spice. A soft and juicy mid-palate is supported by a framework of powder-fine tannins which add structure and length.
Oak Detail: 18 months maturation in a combination of 20% new and 80% seasoned French oak barriques from a selection of renowned Bordeaux cooperages.
Cellaring: This finely structured wine is drinking well now, but will continue to evolve over the next 5-6 years.
Food Pairing: A perfect Friday night pizza or pasta wine.Alcohol Volume: 14.5%
Acidity: pH 3.7; TA 5.6 g/L
Residual Sugar: 0.9 g/L
Awards & Reviews:
92pts: "Balance, texture, flavour and length ... all things are in place here. The fruit is on the salted-raspberry end of the spectrum, the tannins are fine and structuring, and the length of flavour is spot on. A lovely wine. Drink by 2027." Erin Larkin, 2022 Halliday Wine Companion.