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Amberley Estate Secret Lane Cabernet Merlot

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

It's a perfumed beast this one, showing the sort of cedary, 'cigar box' aromas that Cabernet fans fall in love with. It tastes pleasantly soft and medium bodied on the palate too, a wine that shows plenty of Margaret River liveliness without too much excess. All it needs is a little more power and penetration and it would be a real winner.

Winemaker's Notes

The aroma is a complex blend of raspberry jam, earthy plums and after dinner mint chocolates. A luscious full-bodied palate shows ripe blackberry jam flavours supported by fine-grained tannins with a hint of vanillin toast on the finish.

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Amberley Estate Secret Lane Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Medium crimson-purple; the price of this wine is enticing, for it has a bright display of cassis, raspberry, redcurrant and blood plum on the bouquet and medium-bodied palate; tannins and an infusion of oak are well balanced and integrated.
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
90
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
In Margaret River cabernet hailing from the great vintages of recent times, there’s nothing unusual about impressively pronounced black- and redcurrant fruit, well-defined tobacco, cigar box and capsicum, and signature regional high cocoa dark chocolate, coffee and graphite-fine tannins – except that you’d expect to find all this in wines starting at $30, not one that you could pick up for less.
2015 - 2020
Wine Taste Special Edition 84
92
Ray Jordan (2011 Vintage) says
Elegant and juicy cabernet merlot. Blackberry and fruit cake aromas with some understated vanillin oak. The palate is lively with a vibrant fruit expression. Strongly fruit-driven with a light confectionary character adding some lift. East drinking and beautifully presented.
5 years
WA Wine Guide 2013
89
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A charming, Woodlands-like cabernet blend with a dusty, floral and faintly herbal perfume of small red and black berries tightly knit with cedar/vanilla oak. It's long and silky, with a fine-grained spine of supple, loose-knit tannin beneath a harmoniously integrated presence of sweet small berry flavour and retrained oak. A bargain.
2015-2018+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
92
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
Leafy overtones of red berry and mint on the nose. Medium weight and quite firmly structured palate with controlling oak and tannin supporting some slightly angular fruit. Sweet fruit finish and well balanced.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
89
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Amberley is at the northern end of Margaret River, which usually translates to richer, riper flavours. A perfectly balanced red wine. It tastes of dusty blackcurrant and chocolate, though its main feature is its soft, easy-going drinkability. Not particularly heavy or intense, but beautifully flavoured and textured.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
91

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