2006 Umamu Estate Cabernet Merlot
2013 Sandalford Margaret River Cabernet Merlot
- Umamu is, we'll freely admit, an odd name for a winery. Very odd. This wine though is anything but odd, instead built in a style that is rather classical. Think cedary bottle aged goodness, fine tannins and a nicely resolved palate. It's quite sophisticated actually, a Margaret River red best drunk with something meaty. 80
This wine represents a cuvee from seven different vineyard locations. These different locations have a range in altitude from 85-130m and a range of soil types which contribute a variety of flavours to the wines. Blocks in the vineyard are harvested and vinified separately to enable us to learn more about each site.
Appearance: A medium magenta plum hue, youthful.
Nose: Minty leaf, black cherry, spicy overtones interlaced with a refined integration of oak tastiness.
Palate: Medium body and weight. Fine grain tannin, continouos front and middle with a refined finish truly reflecting the season.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc.
James Halliday says:“
Bright colour; focused red and blackcurrant fruit, with cedar and some leafy tones; bright and quite juicy, with charry oak coming through on the finish. Great achievement in the wet vintage.
Best Drinking: 201590
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says:“
Strong purple-red; an intense, penetrating blend that pulls no punches; despite its power, the black fruit and briar characters are well balanced with each other and with the tannins; simply needs time.91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:“
Strong purple notes retained in the colour; the pure and fragrant cassis and blackcurrant aromas of the bouquet are replayed on the medium- to full-bodied palate, with tannins providing precisely the right amount of texture and structure.
Best Drinking: To 202295
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says:“
Deep blackcurrant and mulberry plum fruit dominates the nose with a liberal sprinkling of spices. The palate is medium weight with a firmish spine and a touch of oak. Well balanced and stylish.
Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says:“
Umamu is one of the great, though lesser known, estates of Margaret River. Three things jump out as remarkable about this release. First, that it’s so wonderfully harmonious, elegant, immaculately poised and understated for a warm season. Second, that it’s so backward and youthful for its pending release at an incredible six years of age. Finally, that it can pull all this off at a price that looks uncharacteristically affordable for Margaret River. This was the top red wine of the estate in the 2007 vintage, though a higher priced straight cabernet has since been introduced. In 2007, the best fruit of these old vines has built focused blackcurrant character, evolving to become roast capsicum. It’s retained its vibrant crunch and beautifully integrated, finely textured, gravelly tannins.
Best Drinking: 2017-2027Wine Taste Edition 12395