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Chalice Bridge The Estate Cabernet Merlot

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Margaret River can lay claim to more than just white blends, because it has forged ahead with producing Cabernet blends that are sought the world over. Chalice Bridge’s philosophy is to make individual wines of the highest quality with vibrant, distinctive regional characters. They certainly achieve that in this wine, melding the distinctive Cabernet and Merlot grapes.

Intense, red fruit nose with aromas of spice, mint and attractive chocolate. Typically it is soft, round and rich on the palate with dark fruit and spice adding complexity. Silky smooth tannins make it a delightfully balanced wine that would add enormous appeal to your next barbecue.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Deep cherry with striking purple highlights throughout.

Nose: The nose is full of sweet, dark cherry, with brambly black fruits, and a touch of mocha.

Palate: The palate is soft and round with a nice richness to it, aided by the addition of merlot to the cabernet sauvignon. The palate shows flavours of blackcurrant and dark cherry, integrated perfectly with some beautiful Margaret River spice. Lovely vanilla notes to finish combine with soft, silky tannins to make this wine a classic Margaret River blend.

Food: This cabernet merlot is perfectly suited for classic lamb shanks with pasta. Or for something more casual, this wine makes a great addition to any BBQ or Pizza Night.

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Chalice Bridge The Estate Cabernet Merlot

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WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Developed dusty, spicy choc/mint nose and an intense, minty, red fruit palate.
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Developed colour, consistent with its age; the bouquet is a fragrant offering of red and black fruits plus a waft of oak, the palate following suit with a seductive mix of cherry, cassis, cedary oak and fine tannins. Close on perfect balance given the ripeness of the fruit. Ready now.
to 2015
Halliday's Top 100 Aussie Wines 2011
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Solid red-purple; positive varietal fruit aromas come through on the medium- to full-bodied palate, where tannins soon make themselves felt; needs a few years, but will definitely repay patience.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2011
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Herbal/leafy bouquet and austere fruit palate with good oak integration and powerful tannins.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Good colour; spotlessly clean and bright fruit aromas; fresh raspberry and blackcurrant; fine, ripe tannins; nice oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006

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