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2016 Cabernet Merlot
Aromatically, the wine displays fruit cake and spice - like floral notes of Petit Verdot. On the palate, the structure and tannin of Cabernet Sauvignon compliments the mid palate sweetness and fleshy mouthfeel of the Merlot grape.
94/100 James Halliday, Wine Companion 2019
"46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% merlot and 9% pPetit Verdot. Very well assembled. Fragrant, supple and smooth, complexity coming from the fruit rather than from the oak and/or tannins. It's far from a simple fruit bomb style, with cassis/blackcurrant, spice and a hint of bay leaf all woven together on the long, medium bodied palate Cellar 2031"
92/100 Huon Hooke, The Real Review
"An incredibly soft, approachable blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and a touch of petit verdot. Fragrant, flavoursome and composed with a mix of blue and red fruits. A dependable wine with a beautiful balance that is a delight to drink."
92/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
"A splash of petit verdot makes its way into the blend. A great intro to Margaret River's red staple. Geez Ed Tomlinson is a good bloke. Cultured too. Art galleries and sales appointments in the big smoke go hand in hand. Often overlooked though, but an outstanding producer. Attractive wine through and through. Delivers satisfying hit of dark berry fruits, bay leaf, touch of gum leaf, pepper, with a synergy in characters between perfume and palate. Medium weight, lengthy, tightened on rails of sandy tannins, stretches well in the palate, delivers a definitive hit of MR red blend 101. Lovely drink."
91/100 Ray Jordan, The West Australian
"The basic blend also gets a lift from a small amount of floral aromatic petit verdot. Classy wine offering excellent value for money. Fine chalky tannins, fine grained oak and powerful medium to full-bodied fruit intensity. Textured and well weighted. Excellent little wine."
This years release comprises 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot. In making this wine, the emphasis is on minimal tannin extraction to produce a style rich in flavour with a softness to allow the wine to be enjoyed upon release. Winemaking techniques such as cooler fermentation temperatures and earlier removal of the wine from its skins and seeds have facilitated this, whilst avoiding the extraction of bitter, green tannins. This wine would beautifully partner roast lamb, but would also compliment most red meats.
Maturation: French Oak
Alcohol: 14.5%
Cellaring: 2025