Mérite Cabernet 2015
Classic cellarworthy Australian Cabernet, as you would expect from our region, with some of Australia’s best “new clone” Merlot blended in which provides an additional layer of flavour and vibrancy to the resultant wine.
Wrattonbully, the northern neighbour to Coonawarra, also has sites with the famous Terra Rossa over limestone soils, however these sites are scattered across Wrattonbully as a result of ancient activity rather than being clustered together along one strip as found in Coonawarra. Wrattonbully has a system of underground caves in the region, some containing fossil finds such as those found at World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Caves, or may be filled with pristine water supplies.
Wrattonbully also has altitude, providing for greater variation in vineyard aspect. It tends to have much cooler nights (which provides greater frost risk in springtime) with slightly warmer days and it is this wider diurnal temperature swing that provides the attributes that are valued in high-quality Bordeaux — such as high-quality natural tannins, good natural acidity, and so on.
Mérite Cabernet 2015
$60.00 per bottle
Notes and Reviews
James Halliday (96)
A powerful, rich and ripe (not too ripe) wine with luscious fruit and oak in an Indian arm wrestle for dominance. Even now they are evenly matched, so with another 5 or so years fruit will be foremost. Tannins — both fruit and oak derived — play a significant role, and will continue to do so. A classy wine in every way. Til 2035.
Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front (95)
Cellarworthy Cabernet if ever there was one. The structure of this is just spot on. It's bold and complex but it's the tannin, balance and acidity that really impress. Bay leaves, boysenberry, blackcurrant/redcurrant and peppercorn notes flush the palate with flavour before herb-infused tannin arrests control. It's aromatic too, classically so. It unfolds beautifully as it rests in the glass. A treat for Cabernet lovers.
|Grape Varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot|
|Age of Vines||18 years on average|
|Vinification||Pick date determined by berry sensory analysis. Hand picked and sorted by clonal batches. Fully destemmed, lightly crushed. Fermentation in stainless-steel by clonal batches. Remontage 2x daily for 7d. Racked into barrels to complete fermentation then MLF|
|Elevage||16 months in French oak barrels (50% new)|
|Soil Type||Terra rossa over limestone. Some areas with a sandier topsoil (aromatics). Iron-rich clay above the limestone (about 1m below the surface) in most of the parcel (tannins).|