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Amberley Estate Cabernet Merlot

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Amberley have fallen off the radar a little in recent years, their reputation forgotten somewhat in the scheme of things. The juice in the bottle though is very smart, as witnessed by this juicy sort of medium bodied red shows a good balance between fruit richness and savoury cool Cabernet leafiness. Plenty to like.

Winemaker's Notes

Dark crimson red with a scarlet hue, aromas of blackcurrant and mulberry spice are complemented by hints of classic Margaret River dried herbs and bay leaf. A rich, supple red wine displaying flavours of cassis and mulberry fruit with an underlying sweet oak spice. The palate is beautifully rounded with fine, powdery tannins.

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Amberley Estate Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
The fragrant and silky bouquet and the positive oak contribution will please many consumers as much as the judges at the Perth and National Wine Shows '11, who gave it a gold medal; the plum and mint flavours add pheromones to the call of a wine full of soft red and black fruits.
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Crimson-purple; the power of the full-bodied palate is semaphored by the bouquet, with multiple layers of black fruits, bitter chocolate and some vanillan oak; the tannins are powerful, but ripe and in balance.
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Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Impressive, genuinely varietal and distinctly regional, with a dusty, rather leafy bouquet of dark berries and plums knit with lightly toasty cedar/vanilla oak. It's smooth and supple, with deep, luscious flavours of dark cherries, berries and plums supported by very fine, but firmish powdery tannins, finishing with elegance and a faint savoury edge
The Australian Wine Annual
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
88
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
An elegant, rather stylish red whose fresh aromas of cassis, plums, dark cherries and mulberries are backed by dusty vanilla oak, dried herbs and a hit of blueberries. Smooth and open, with delightfully intense berry/cherry fruit tightly knit with lightly smoky cedar/vanilla oak and fine, dusty tannins, it's a long, restrained and typically regional wine.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
slightly dull red-purple; cassis, bramble and blackcurrant aromas and flavours; well-balanced medium-bodied palate, with good structure and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
91
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
Beautifully rich and robust blend from this very good vintage. It retains a supple richness while packing some real kick with ripe assertive tannins and a little oak infusion. The palate is warm and fleshy and ideal for drinking over the next few years.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
87
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Fine and elegant, this pleasingly juicy and perfumed young blend reveals dusty, earthy and cedary aromas of cassis, red cherries and plums backed by powerful earthy undertones. Smooth and supple, its vibrant expression of sweet raspberries, blackcurrants and plums is given measured support from cedary oak and framed by tight, fine tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
88
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Ripe, dark berry fruit in abundance; blackcurrant and some cassis; good structure and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Shorter-term red blend showing both under and over-ripe characters. Its earthy, slightly sweaty and meaty aromas of dark plums and berries herald a rich, chewy mouthful of ripe plummy fruit. Its tannins are slightly herbal and sappy.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
86
Ray Jordan (2000 Vintage) says
Beautiful balanced example of the success of these two varieties in Margaret River. Plummy, earthy and slightly savoury merlot dominates on the nose, but then the long and firm blackcurrant flavours of cabernet build through the middle. Terrific sweet fruit and supple ripe tannin. It's all there.
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
89
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is in traditional savoury style, with sweet fruit aromas hard to define. The palate has very long, tangy, savoury Ñ almost lemony Ñ flavours. An interesting wine from a varietal viewpoint.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
87

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