MIKE’S WINE NOTES:
Mike Davies – Wine Maker – Founder Greenskin Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, The King & Queen of Red grape Varieties, are the foundation of the greatness of Bordeaux. It is quite incredible that in 50 short years, Margaret River has emerged as a region that regularly produces this blend with quality that makes the fine vignerons of Bordeaux want to cry!
While the Cabernet provides the spine & structure of power, tannin and astringency, the Merlot fills in the gaps and lends softer juicier and supple characteristics, making them ideal blending partners.
The 2020 vintage in Margaret River was notable as it was one of the few Australian wine regions that wasn’t disrupted by significant rain, bushfires, or covid lockdowns. Not only that, the growing conditions leading up to vintage were close to ideal and harvest conditions were also very kind.
The 2020 Cabernet Merlot has been made by winemaker Severine Logan from Calneggia Family Vineyards is all that we wished for. It has lively fruit with excellent weight, length & grip. All the hallmarks of its’ regal ancestors.
- Colour: Vibrant red with purple hues
- Bouquet: Forest berries and earth. Cherries, roasted almonds with slight notes of mushroom, capsicum and liquorice.
- Palate: Medium weight with fleshy red and dark berries, savoury with slight aniseed hints completed by rounded cedary tannin grip.
HUON’S WINE NOTES:
Huon Hooke is a leading Australian wine writer, critic, educator and show judge, best known for his columns in Sydney Morning Herald Good Food and Good Weekend.
Deep colour with a good tinge of purple and a ripe cabernet nose of mulberry, blackberry and the faintest leafy overtone. In the mouth, it’s full bodied and firm, with typical cabernet structure, the tannins framing the palate very well and adding to its substantial length. Remarkable to find a wine of this quality in a soft-pack.
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