Umamu Estate Cabernet Merlot
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- Here's a cracker of a cab merlot blend out of the Margaret River that is at a good price for the quality of the contents of the bottle. Think cedary bottle aged goodness, fine tannins and a nicely resolved palate. It's quite sophisticated actually, a red best drunk with something meaty. 90
Appearance: Medium plum with magenta notes, youthful
Nose: Fresh with good intensity, toast and berry notes, dark chocolate notes
Palate: Smooth and mellow with lovely mouth feel. Nice palate weight with medium to fine tannins and good length. Some berry flavours with hints of chocolate biscuit
Varietal: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc
James Halliday 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