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Cookoothama Darlington Point Cabernet Merlot

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From fruit juice to wine it’s been a natural progression for Nugan wines, who saw the potential as fruit growers and gravitated to grape-growing. Besides, wine is a lot more fun than fruit. This Cabernet Merlot is full of ripe fruit all sourced from the sunny Riverina. This is just what your leg of lamb needs to take it to the next level. Enjoy aromas of plum and chocolate and lots of dark fruit before a structured palate that’s concentrated in blackcurrant with hints of mint and well-balanced tannins.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Deep red in appearance with a youthful purple hue.

Nose: Aromas of plum and blackberry, infused with hints of spice, herbs and dark chocolate.

Palate: Concentrated flavours of red berry fruits, mocha and spice, with ripe silky tannins and well integrated oak.

Food: This is a great food wine that is versatile enough to compliment a broad range of red meat dishes such as lamb, curries and full flavoured casseroles.

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Cookoothama Darlington Point Cabernet Merlot

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James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Peter Forrestal (2006 Vintage) says
This cab merlot under Nugan Estate's second label has benefited from a year's bottle age since I first tasted it. It's rich and concentrated, showing its cedary oak to better effect. There's a neater balance with the blackcurrant and dark cherry flavours; the structure is still tight but there is a more supple and approachable finish
Quaff 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Good colour; a dark savoury bouquet complemented by well-handled oak; bright, juicy, complexed by a chewy finish. Great value.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Cookoothama has shot out of the blocks this year. This and the equivalent 2007 Shiraz are a dynamic duo. Here we go again - another fantastic bargain under the Cookoothama Darlington Point banner. This has structure, flavour and class, and, if you wanted to hold on to it for a couple of years, it will soften into something lovely. Not that it needs you to do that: it's already curranty and mellow and even a little earthen. Remarkable.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Strong red-purple; equally strong and positive flavours of blackcurrant and cassis; good tannin structure and length. Surprise packet. Value.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Peter Forrestal (2005 Vintage) says
Vanilla bean and coconut oak aromas flow through to the palate, which is rich and concentrated; just a bit too oaky for me.
Quaff 2008 2007
Peter Forrestal (2004 Vintage) says
Although I preferred the cheaper Talinga Park, this Cookoothama utilises Riverina fruit to offer spicy, red berry flavours, supple, smooth texture and a fine, gentle finish - easy drinking.
Quaff 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005

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