Brokenwood Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012 ~ McLaren Vale

Tasting Notes

Pleasing medium density colour and youthful purple tints on the rim. The aromas show some red fruit, leafy Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of cedar. The oak regime was new and older barriques, all French oak and to match the medium bodied nature, only about 14 months in barrel. The palate at this young stage has dusty fruit and oak tannins that will integrate as the wine ages. Appropriate alcohol at 14% and a long finish. This wine will reward with further cellaring.

Winemakers Comments

The blend for this wine is 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 4% Shiraz. The 2010 growing season and then into 2011 was unusually damp for the southern states. Our 3 growers are experienced enough to maintain the required sprays and as such we had no problems with fruit quality. Stylistically untypical, in that earlier picking was the norm and the usual McLaren Vale ‘fruit power’ are less obvious. However for our Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend there’s plenty of savoury, red berry fruit character.

Vinification

Machine harvested, crushed and chilled to tanker in McLaren Vale. Vinomatic fermentation in the Hunter . Not overly rotated, as soft tannins are required. Oak maturation in a 75% French and 25% American barriques.

Food

Roast meats and strong cheese.

Drink

Drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age.




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