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Ashbrook Estate Cabernet Merlot

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Apart from sensational surf breaks, one of the best things to come out of the Margaret River is the Cabernet Merlot blend. Ashbrook Estate have once again triumphed in the ratings and this is modelled on the classic Bordeaux blend and reveals a wine of the utmost elegance. Layers of flavour and a gravelly aspect of fine-grained tannins ensure it’s a winner with lamb shanks.

Winemaker's Notes

2013 Vintage: With almost ideal weather conditions for whites exceptional fruit has been produced showing intense varietal flavours that are typical Margaret River. Aromatic varieties were outstanding with fresh citrus, lemon blossom and stone fruit on the nose and palate balanced off by crisp acidity. The temperature cooled off toward the end of February providing ideal weather conditions for the red varietals to fully ripen their flavour profiles and tannins. Once again there was a huge amount of Marri blossom leading into vintage therefore Silvereye bird damage was minimal. Flavour intensity was further benefited by the fact that cropping levels were reduced by around 30% across the region due to storms in early spring.

Winemaking: Staggered hand-picking over 4 weeks the berries are cold soaked, gently plunged and temperature controlled in 4 tonne parcels in open fermenters for gentle and full extraction. The wine is matured in 100% French oak barriques for 2 years, then further stored in our underground climate controlled cellar for 18 months before release. The inviting nose bursts with raspberry jelly crystal and sweet violet aromas. Ripe red berries, cherry plum fruit leather and hints of cassis saturate the palate with fine grained tannins creating a succulent, velvety mouthfeel. The extended maturation in super premium French oak barriques imparts an elegant spiciness and the subtle, leafy nuances typical of old vine Wilyabrup Cabernet which adds to the wines complexity. Ashbrook Estate has made this traditional Bordeaux-style blend since 1984.

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 77%, Merlot 10%, Petit Verdot 7%, Cabernet Franc 6%

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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Ashbrook Estate Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A cabernet-dominant blend, with merlot, cabernet franc and petiti verdot included in diminishing amounts. Some colour development is totally consistent with the age of the wine, but the very fragrant cassis-filled bouquet paints a different picture; the medium-bodied palate picks up the fruit of the boquet seamlessly, adding cedary/spicy naunces on the long, effortlss palate; there are ample tannins, but they are very fine.
To 2023
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
To be precise, it is 'a blend mostly of cabernet sauvignon, with the remainder merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot'; it has an elegant but complex medium-bodied palate with fine-grained tannins rippling through the blackcurrant/cassis flavours, finishing with touches of cedar, spice and earth.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
Ray Jordan (2005 Vintage) says
A medium weight wine with a really quite racy palate that is distinctly fruit driven. It shows good fruit and oak integration even though its had the best part of two years in that oak. The fruit is really intense and concentrated as you might expect from this outstanding Margaret River vintage. Has some years ahead.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
An elegant, light- to medium-bodied wine speaking equally of its varietal base and regional origin, with redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit on both bouquet and palate; has a deliciously fresh finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Ray Jordan (2004 Vintage) says
A fleshy ripe cabernet blend from one of the oldest vineyards in Margaret River. Fragrant perfume of red berry and mint with a little cedary oak. The palate retains a firmness though it's more medium than full bodied. Drinking very nicely now.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Also includes a touch of petit verdot; is developing nicely, with a harmonious blend of sweet berry and more savoury/earthy characters, the palate fine, long and balanced.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
93
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Savoury, earthy, light- to medium-bodied wine, lifted by a spine of blackcurrant fruit, and, likewise, with a long future.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
91
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
86
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red, with the purple starting to diminish; the bouquet offers sweetly savoury/spicy aromas over a core of blackberry fruit; the palate has good texture and structure with fine, bottle-developed flavours, and savoury tannins to close. As always, has overtones of Bordeaux (in a good year).
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
90

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