Cabernet Merlot 2014
|A smooth Cabernet Merlot full of ripe dark berries & soft vanillian oak.|
|Regional Appellation||Great Southern, Denmark, Western Australia|
|Grape Varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon 55% & Merlot 45% Estate Grown & Made|
|Oak Maturation||17 months on 80% French & 20% Hungarian Oak|
|Standard Drinks (750ml)||8.9|
|Additives||Contains sulphites. Produced with egg products. Traces may remain.|
|Release Date||August 2015|
|Cellaring Potential||Up to 5 years|
The 2014 vintage for the reds started in the second week of April, which was slightly earlier than our average time for harvesting on the South Coast. The winter rainfall was average with mild temperatures. The summer temperatures were warm and unusually very dry with almost no rain whatsoever. These dry conditions required all the grapes to be harvested a little earlier. Birds were their usual hungry selves, so all vines were netted to prevent bird damage and disease. This resulted in clean, ripe and well balanced fruit. The fruit cropped an average of 2 tonnes per acre.
Wine makers: Anthony & Peter Buxton. Consultant: Michael Staniford.Immediately after harvesting, the fruit was crushed and fermented to 32 ºC and over 8 days at a maximum 26 ºC. The wine was then basket pressed racked every 3 to 4 months and matured on Hungarian and French Oak for 17 months. The equivalent of one third of the oak barrels used were new. The wine was finally blended just prior to bottling.
|Colour||Brick red with a soft purple hue.|
Floral and sweet ripe fruit aromas.
|Palate||A seamless combination of ripe berries, cherries and soft vanillan oak make this Cab Merlot a delicate style of wine to drink.|
|Cuisine||Lamb; Pizza; Tomato based Pasta; Smoked Meats|
|Serving Temperature||14-16 ºC|
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