NV Handpicked Wines Collection Margaret River Cabernet Merlot

2015-Cabernet Merlot-Collection:Margaret River

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Code: HP15CO-MACABMER6

A NOTE FROM OUR WINEMAKERS

Serious Cabernet with a shot of easy-going Merlot; this wine demonstrates why Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are perfect partners, as the Bordelais have known forever.

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    Peter Dillon 
    Director of Winemaking
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    Jonathon Mattick
    Assistant Winemaker 
 
 
 

THE FINER DETAILS

TASTING NOTES

Cabernet’s structure and depth are complemented by Merlot’s juicy fruit, texture and soft tannin in this classy wine. It’s easy to see why Margaret River is internationally renowned for this wine style. 

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VINTAGE

After a string of excellent vintages, Margaret River vignerons were presented with some challenges in 2015, with generally low yields and high bird numbers causing problems in some areas. Good rains throughout winter 2014 set up adequate ground water, which proved fortuitous over the dry season. It was an early season for whites, but rains in March put the brakes on for red wine varieties and allowed an ideal slow, extended ripening period. Yields were below-average but quality was excellent.

WINEMAKING

The fruit was picked in cool, dry conditions in mid-April and vinified in open and closed static fermenters with hand plunging and pumping over. The wine was matured for 18 months in a mix if old and new French barriques from a selection of the best Bordeaux coopers.