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Annie's Lane Cabernet Merlot

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Cracka Review

The Clare Valley has a rich history of red wines and Annie’s Lane remains one of the most well known brands of the region. Legend goes Annie got her horse and cart bogged in the mud of the lane as she was returning from the vineyards. This is well-structured stuff thanks to just the right quota of Cabernet and Merlot with plush fruit and a great tannin structure. Showing aromas of plum and blackcurrant before a palate that is rich in currant fruit and drying tannins.

Winemaker's Notes

The Annie's Lane Cabernet Merlot is a great example of this traditional red blend. Cabernet Sauvignon provides the structure to this wine while Merlot's fleshy plum fruit fills out the mid-palate.

Deep red in colour, with lifted aromas of dried plums and blackcurrants. The palate is rich and generous, displaying varietal Cabernet and Merlot characters including redcurrants and ripe brambly fruit balanced by subtle oak influence. This medium bodied Cabernet Merlot finishes with chalky tannins.

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Annie's Lane Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Has retained excellent hue; the expressive bouquet has cassis and black fruits plus a touch of spice, the medium-bodied palate building as it moves from the mid palate towards the finish. A few years in the cellar will see all the components settle down.
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Australian Wine Companion 2013
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Honest and fruity, with a plush, sweetly oaked expression of minty, eucalypt-like regional flavour. Slightly baked, with ripe flavours of red and black berries, plums and redcurrants, nuances of dried herbs and cedar/vanilla oak supported by fine, drying tannins. It's a little simple, lacking genuine freshness and brightness.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
88
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Annie's Lane is in the Clare Valley and is named after Annie Wayman, whose horse and cart got stuck in the mud there aeons ago. Defiantly Clare Valley right from the get-go. It has strong minty aromatics, flavours of sultanas, blackcurrants, mint and earth, then a nice hit of tannin. Like the quality of this. And the more you drink it, the more the smoothness shows through. Impeccable.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
90
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Attractive blackcurrant and cassis fruit with total extract and tannins kept at bay to preserve the clean and enjoyable lines of the wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
We like this a lot. It's curranty and sweet-fruited with a nice hit of cabernet dustiness, before then being tannic and chewy through the finish. It has charm and style. It was matured for fourteen months in a combination of French- and American-oak barrels. It'll be worth hunting around for a sharp price and then buying this in number; you can't go wrong.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
91
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; attractive flavour and texture, supple and soft, with a mix of blackcurrant, licorice and cassis, finishing with soft tannins. Highly likely to improve significantly.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
The rating here is for the price you will find it discounted to - I've seen it selling for around the S15-S17 mark. At that it's super buying. 2005 RELEASE It's turned out to be a delicious wine. I tasted it a few times over the course of a few months, and each time it impressed me more, seeming to add both flesh and weight. It's part of the fascination of wine; it's constantly evolving. Now it tastes of pencils, blackcurrant, coffee and cream, its sweet, easy fruitiness lingering on the finish. At the above prices it's a fine buying opportunity. DRINK 2008-2013.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Strong purple-red; medium- to full-bodied, flooded with blackcurrant, cassis and a touch of licorice; good tannins and oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Deep colour; dense, dark, black fruit aromas; rich and concentrated, with the oak contribution evident throughout.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Elegant and harmonious, medium to full in ' weight, with a sweet earthy perfume of red berries and cassis, backed by hints of herbaceousness and restrained vanilla oak. Smooth, fine and stylish, presenting a lively palate of pristine small berry fruit supported by oak and fine-grained tannins. Great value for the cellar.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
91
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Powerful super-rich, concentrated and luscious blackcurrant, plum and prune fruit, with ample soft tannins and oak somewhere in the depths. Great value.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
92
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Bright red-purple; aromatic red berry fruit and a hint of slightly dusty oak on the bouquet; picks up the pace dramatically on the palate, featuring abundant sweet, red and blackcurrant fruit, a touch of mint, the tannins, extract and oak all perfectly balanced and integrated. Excellent value.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
90
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is full of ripe, dark berry fruit aromas, without a hint of green. The palate is bolstered by American oak to provide a rich, easily enjoyed mainstream Australian red.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
89
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is full and rich, with ripe cassis fruit and chocolate, the oak under control. A very rich and concentrated dark berry palate, with touches of chocolate and persistent ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
93
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is inky, almost murky, loaded with blackcurrant/cassis and vanillin oak. The palate is similarly youthful and dense, with strong mint, heaps of blackcurrant, lots of oak and appropriate tannins.Just give it time.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
87

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