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Brand's Laira Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot

Winemaker's Notes

This Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot displays dark cherry and plum aromas complemented with mocha and vanilla oak notes. Ripe fruit dominates the palate with plum, mulberry and dark cherry flavours elegantly integrated with vanilla oak. Best appreciated while the vibrant fruit flavours are still fresh, though will still reward cellaring for several additional years. Cellar for up to five years from the vintage.

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Brand's Laira Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot

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Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Deeply ripened, with a slightly baked and raisiny aspect about its fruit profile of cassis, mulberries, dark plums and prunes, plus a hint of cola and dried herbs. Forward and meaty, it reveals a profound density of fruit, a firm, drying backbone and the balance to suggest it should steadily soften and settle with time.
2022-2030
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
90
Angus Hughson (2009 Vintage) says
Dark berry, olive and spicy oak aromas. Mid-weight palate, quite supple with grainy tannins - moderate length and some aging potential
2010-2015
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
2020
Australian Wine Companion 2012
90
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Fresh and brightly lit, this generous young red has a sweet, vibrant scent of violets, cassis, dark cherries and plums supported by fresh vanilla/cedar oak and a ripe, juicy and sweetly fruited palate. It's intense and forward. with pristine small red fruits and charming chocolatey oak, finishing just a fraction jammy and short. Great value.
The Australian Wine Annual
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Excellent crimson-purple; offers abundant blackcurrant, blueberry and cassis fruit that has no dead fruit/overripe characters; fine, savoury tannins and oak. Great future.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
It's a pulpy, fleshy wine with flavours of plums and mint and briarwood and, while it's generally well flavoured, there's a hint of over-cropping to it; it's not dilute but has a minor sense of slimness t o it. The main problem is the price. It's ripe and easy to drink - there are just lots of better medium-weight wines around for the same price.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
88
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Fragrant cassis/red berry aromas lead into a medium-bodied palate; powdery tannins appear early with some darker fruit flavours; fresh acidity lengthens the palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple; the relatively light bouquet and palate offer some elegance, with gently leafy/minty/berry fruit, fine tannins and imperceptible oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
85
WINESTATE says
Overripe, porty/nutty nose and an oaky palate but there are sweet berry flavours too.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011

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