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Capel Vale Debut Cabernet Merlot

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If there’s one place that can get the blend of Cabernet and Merlot right, it’s the cooler parts of W.A and here Capel Vale prove that given the right fruit and the right climate they can make wines that taste sublime. Ready to drink now, this Cabernet blend is rich in blackcurrant and plum. Merlot offers mid-palate softness while Cabernet tannins fill out the finish and you’ll enjoy a mouthful of sweet fruit, chocolate and cedar. This attractive wine would go well with a roast leg of lamb or a simple pasta and tomato dish.

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Capel Vale Debut Cabernet Merlot

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James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2013
87
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
88
Peter Forrestal (2008 Vintage) says
There's good intensity and depth of flavour here, a hint of complexity too: dark berry fruit, velvety texture and a finish that is firm yet approachable
Quaff 2010 2009
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A soft and charming rendition of all that's attractive about cabernet merlot from Western Australia: plenty of plum and mulberry fruits, some cassis and blueberry, a leafy edge and light-on in the oak department. The palate's round, smooth and soft; really effortless light, curvy tannins and drink-now appeal.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Long, fine and intense black and red fruits plus nuances of spice and mint; very high-quality tannin structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Peter Forrestal (2005 Vintage) says
Another example of the Larry Cherubino broomstick sweeping through the Capel Vale operation with very pleasing results. This medium-bodied red blend is restrained, even fine; highlighting bright blackcurrant and red cherry flavours which persist. There's succulence which entices and balance on the finish. Classy.
Quaff 2008 2007
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
Capel Vale has gained a bit of attention lately and to be more honest than I perhaps should be - I've been a bit slow to cotton on. This wine is at the lower end of their offering but it's bloody good; I think I've got some further homework to do. 2005 RELEASE It's a curranty, pruney style of cabernet merlot but, by George, it works! It's even got a bit of chocolaty, gravelly, pencily flavour to it, signs of both interest and quality in my books. Its tannin frame is solid too. Crikey, I'm liking it more and more. (Is it OK, at this stage, to admit that I've been known to swallow a bit of the product?) DRINK 2008-2012.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
87
WINESTATE (2005 Vintage) says
Lovely fresh, lifted, black fruit bouquet. Long, fresh palate with an abundance of soft, fleshy fruit and gum-shrinking tannins.
Winestate 20082009

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