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Castle Rock Estate Cabernet Merlot

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The west does it best or so that’s what they say when it comes to blends of Cabernet and Merlot from W.A. This is just a kind of comforting red wine to drink with or without food. The structure and tannins come from the Cabernet, the juicy fruit from the Merlot, merge them together and you have an extremely attractive package. Dark fruits, subtle French oak and cigar box nuances all appear on the nose before a palate of dusty oak, berry fruits and firm tannins. It has great persistence and would benefit from being matched with a dish of rolled lamb.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Dark red colour.

Nose: Cassis and blackberry fruits provide an attractive and distinctly Cabernet bouquet. There are hints of tobacco leaf and cedary notes from the high quality French oak.

Palate: A balanced and well weighted wine showing blackberry berry fruits and tobacco leaf characters on the front palate. The mid palate has richness and weight and is backed by some dusty oak characters. A balanced acid structure and firm powdery tannins give a long and elegant finish to the wine which lingers long after the wine has been swallowed.

Food: A wine to enjoy with a wide range of meat dishes.

Cellaring: Enjoy until 2020

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Castle Rock Estate Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A fine, if rather lean and faintly green-edged cabernet whose polished bouquet of cassis, dark plums and mulberries reveals lightly leafy and cedary, oaky undertones plus a hint of forest floor. It's fractionally edgy, with an assertive acidity, but presents a juicy mouthful of cassis and dark plums knit with fresh cedar/vanilla oak, becoming a little herbal and edgy towards the finish. Likely to age slowly.
2012-2030
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
89
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Well handled, but greenish, with a dusty bouquet of cool climate capsicum and bell pepper-like cabernet backed by lightly toasty cedar/vanilla oak. Smooth and supple, it's elegant and sweetly fruited, with a bright presence of cassis and dark plum knit with sweet oak, but finishing with sappy edges and herbaceous influences.
The Australian Wine Annual
85
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Slow to age, the low-crop fruit has concentrated berry and dark olive flavours and very fine tannins that need five years to soften.
2013
Australian Wine Vintages
86
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Slow to age, the low crop fruit has concentrated berry and dark olive flavours and very fine tannins that need 5 years to soften.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
87
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Cool-grown cabernet, with a little cedar and black olive supporting essency cassis fruit; plentiful fine-grained tannins on the firm finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
91
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Polished, smooth but rather lean; made from less than perfectly ripened fruit. Rustic, meaty aromas of plums and small berries are backed by slightly roasted cedar/dark chocolate oak, while its palate wraps its forward presence of cassis and dark plums in a green-edged and metallic acids and tannins. Its oak is marginally raw and dusty.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
86
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Slow to age, the low-crop fruit has concentrated berry and dark olive flavours and very fine tannins that need five years to soften.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
Ray Jordan (2005 Vintage) says
A medium bodied Cabernet which has been hit with only a small amount of oak. Allows the fruit to dominant with some rather sinewy tannins. Astringent finish.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
84
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied; as elegant as always; not forced, and the savoury notes do not overwhelm the latent sweetness in the fruit; balanced finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Elegant, fine-grained and supple, this restrained and lightly herbal blend reveals cedary aromas of sweet red berries, violets and dark plums. Framed by fine, powdery tannins, its reserved palate of vibrant small berry fruits and cedar/dark chocolate oak finishes with length and style, but a faintly greenish acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
89
Rob Geddes MW (2001 Vintage) says
Slow to age, the low-crop fruit has concentrated berry and dark olive flavours and very fine tannins that need five years to soften.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
89
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
85

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