2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
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“With fantastic ripening towards the end of the growing season, the 2012 vintage produced a cabernet that is looking incredibly bright and youthful. A wine of great structure, complexity and depth, that still has many years of cellaring ahead.”



Wine Specs
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Nose: Ripe red & black berries, chocolate, spice, cigar box Palate: Dark berries, complex spices, silky tannins, structural Food match: Beef Wellington or nut-crusted roasted eye fillet Oak: 20 months, 50% new French oak Colour: Deep ruby with garnet hues
Vineyard Notes
Excellent soil moisture from winter rains provided uniform bud break but was followed with wet, windy weather and an extensive bushfire in the area in November. Careful monitoring and a good dose of fortune meant the property was spared damage. Summer was one of the driest and warmest on record, resulting in early flavour development, clean, pure fruit and above average yields.
Production Notes
2011: The warm growing season provided ideal conditions to craft a rich, complex Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. Currently sitting in a superb drinking window, with juicy, sweet dark berry fruit notes still in prime position and just a hint of what’s to come as the wine softens into earthy, chocolatey maturity. The wine's richness, complexity and elegant, chalky tannins are best exposed by decanting. Drink now – 2026. 2010: From a near perfect growing season, this is a complex and beautifully balanced wine displaying lifted dark berry fruit, earthy tones, dark chocolate and bay leaf. Fine, layered tannins, seamlessly integrated French oak and extraordinary length complete the package which will only improve with age. Drink now to 2030. 2009: Using one of our highest ever percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend has created a structural, rich, yet balanced wine with exceptional length and longevity. Dark cassis and mulberry fruits, savoury dark chocolate, bayleaf and soft spice notes, fine grained tannins and seamlessly integrated toasty oak. Drink now to 2029. 2008: Ripe, soft dark berry fruit, black olives and characteristic Margaret River bay leaf notes dominate in this low yielding, warm season wine. A wine of great fruit complexity, now nicely softening into secondary character, with ripe, chunky tannins and a savoury, toasty oak influence. Drink now to 2023. 2007: The warm, dry 2007 vintage produced a rich, ripe concentrated and structural wine which has now developed into softness, complexity and maturity. Deep garnet colour, well-developed fruit character of dried raisins, braised prunes and mulberry compote, pure dark chocolate, charry notes and a gravelly, earthy minerality combine to display a complex and beguiling nose which follows through on the palate. The texture is weighty and mouth-coating without feeling heavy, tannins are soft and velvety. Enjoy in the near future. Drink now to 2025 2005: One of our most Bordeaux-like Cabernets, this is a layered, complex wine displaying lovely dark fruits in the blackberry spectrum, savoury bayleaf character and hints of chocolate, balanced by finely integrated French oak. The soft, chalky tannins encourage drinking now, but will reward those who can cellar a little longer.

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