2012 McLaren Vale Cabernet Merlot

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2012 McLaren Vale Cabernet Merlot

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Region: McLaren Vale

Variety: A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot

Tasting Notes:  The nose is complex with aromas typical of both varieties. Distinctive vegetal and herbaceous characters such as capsicum and tomatoe leaf are intermingled with cinnamon, blackcurrent and stewed rhubarb.  The palate is medium bodied, with earthy tannins providing a velvety finish. 

Drink: This wine will develop further complexity with careful cellaring (up to 20 years).

95 Points - Halliday Australian Wine Companion
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  • Maturation 18 months in old French barriques
  • Analysis Alcohol - 13.9%/vol
  • pH - 3.41
  • Total acidity - 7.6 g/l
  • Perfect with roast chook or a rack of lamb.

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About Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most famous red wine grape varieties, as evidenced by its dominance in vineyards throughout the worlds winemaking regions. Its origins lie in Bordeaux, France where sporadic plantings of both Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc allowed for mutation to create this variety. Setting Cabernet Sauvignon apart from many other red wine varieties is the distinctive smell and taste of the wine produced. Small and thick skinned, Cabernet Sauvignon berries provide a high skin to juice ratio making wines of powerful colour and bouquet with a strong tannin structure. They are also distinguished by their ability to age gracefully over many years.

Traditionally Cabernet Sauvignon has been blended with small amounts of other varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot to suit the requirements of the vintage. These varieties can improve the mouth feel of the wine by contributing softness, adding to the tannin profile or filling out the middle palate. 

As a late ripening variety cool to warm climates are preferred to ensure full ripeness of the grapes while avoiding over-ripening which can occur in hot climates. With its warm climate offset by cooling sea breezes, McLaren Vale has proven to be a noteworthy producer of premium Cabernet Sauvignon.