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2013 Forester Estate Cabernet Merlot

Winemaker's Notes

Vintage: 2013
Grape Variety: 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc
Oak Maturation: 100% of the wine is aged in French oak barriques (15% new) for 18 months
Alcohol: 14% Alc/Vol
Release Date: June 2015

Colour
Medium red with red-purple hue.
Aroma
Clean and fragrant with currants, lavender, bay leaf, red berry and integrated cedar oak.
Palate
Full and textured palate that is plump and juicy with fine, silky tannins. There are fruit characters of currants, blackberry and red berry with more complex notes of lavender, bay leaf and cedar oak.
Food Matches
Meat dishes, saucy pastas and cheeses.
Peak drinking
Drinking well now but will develop further over the next 3 to 5 years.

expert reviews about

2013 Forester Estate Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

Ray Jordan (2011 Vintage) says
Neat little blend of cabernet and merlot made in a restrained and keenly focused style. It’s such a polished wine with fine tannin and well-weighted oak to support the medium-bodied fruit. Intense and flavoursome with a controlled finish. Polished and impressive at this price.
Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2014
91
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
“A 48/41/6/5% blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec and petit verdot fermented in French oak (15% new), with a bright, clear colour, the bouquet fragrant, the medium-bodied, juicy palate with bright red and black fruits, and sustained by fine tannins. An absolutely lovely wine. Drink by 2021”.

(Plus selected as Special Value Wine)
96
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
A more complex blend than the front label would suggest: a 48/41/6/5% blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec and petit verdot, matured for 18 months in French barriques (15% new). Has retained good colour and has exemplary balance to its redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit, tannins and oak; the length and mouthfeel are also very good. Great value.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
95
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Good colour; its gold medal at the Melbourne Wine Show '11 suggests the judges were looking for elegance rather than depth of fruit; the cassis/blackcurrant fruit flavours are varietal, but the savoury tannins do click in a little earlier than one would hope for; however, that increases its food-friendly character.
To 2019
Australian Wine Companion 2013
91
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
Such a beautifully seductive aroma of cedar and red berry. This is a medium to full bodied cabernet blend with an effortless easy grace that carries the beautiful palate to a very long finish, Supple sweet fruit supported by a fine thread of tannin and oak. Exceptional wine.
7 years
WA Wine Guide 2013
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright and focused redcurrant and cassis notes run through the bouquet; young, fresh and a little raw with the oak prominent, the quality of the fruit, firmness of the tannins and the length of the palate put forward a convincing case for such an inexpensive wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
93
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
ÊThe classic Margaret River wine for this blend. Firm and controlled palate with a stylish expression of fruit and oak balance. Red berry and cedar mix well and the perfumed aromas are most appealing. A refined classy wine at this price.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
89
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Light but bright purple-crimson; attractive light-bodied wine, with cassis, redcurrant fruits and a hint of olive; the well-balanced palate has very good energy and thrust. Good value
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
Richer and fuller palate than the previous cool 2006 vintage. It's still more in the medium bodied vein but carries more flesh and opulence. An appealing easy drinking wine with fine tannins, light cedary oak and soft generous fruit. Precise and controlled finish. Excellent drinking in the short term.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
87
Ray Jordan (2006 Vintage) says
Cool vintage and it shows largely on the cool mint aromas. Nice red berry mistiness with some cedary oak in the background. The palate is medium weight with fine tannins and gently persuasive oak. Ideal short term drinking wine.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
85
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Enters the mouth quietly, but builds both structure and flavour through to the finish with a mix of briar, olive and blackcurrant fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Plenty of cassis and blackcurrant fruit; the tannins seem a little underworked, but there is lots happening; long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Closed bouquet; quite rich black and red fruit on the mid-palate; balanced tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
87
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Pure, clean cassis, redcurrant, raspberry and mint; fruit-driven; fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
88

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