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Brokenwood Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

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Brokenwood maybe one of the most famous Hunter Valley wineries but its pursuit of fine wine has taken them all over the country. This red blend is a juicy wine that shows off the best of McLaren Vale and suits any kind of red meat or mature cheeses. Cabernet lends cassis and cedar while Merlot exudes generous dark berries and soft tannins. It’s a rounded mouthful of structured fruit that would make an ideal guest at a lazy Sunday lunch.

Winemaker's Notes

An excellent colour with medium to deep density and youthful purple tints evident. One of the more pronounced tobacco/cedar noses we’ve had – classic Claret is one way of describing it. Blue fruit characters and background vanillin oak. Very sweet entry to the palate and soft ripe tannins carry the finish. This is a delightful Cabernet/Merlot with the fruit characters to the fore. This wine will reward with further cellaring.

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Brokenwood Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

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WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Minty/menthol nose with floral touches. Simple, spicy and well-balanced palate with quite a grippy finish.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
Ken Gargett (2004 Vintage) says
If this is some sort of attempted record for the longest name in wine history they can forget it—the Germans can give War and Peace a run for its money. Brokenwood make a wonderful cross-region shiraz blend called HBA ($180); this one is mostly from less traditional but emerging regions, and a mile less expensive. There are flavours of plums, red berries and tobacco leaf with some fresh acidity drawing out the length.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Clean, fresh, lively aromas; medium-bodied, with juicy red berry fruits; fine-grained tannins; subtle oak. Beechworth/King Valley/McLaren Vale.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
89
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Medium to full-bodied; clean blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit; neatly balanced, relatively long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; a clean, moderately intense bouquet with ripe blackberry and cassis fruit; while firm, the palate has ripe cabernet fruit and lingering tannins; excellent for the region. The first single-region cabernet blend from Brokenwood after 16 prior vintages from the King Valley. Gold medal 2002 National Wine Show.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
92

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