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Hope Estate The Cracker Cabernet Merlot

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Very dark red with slight purple hue. Lifted generous blackberry characters with the warmth of liquorice, chocolate and sweet vanillan oak. The oak fermentation and maturation has enhanced cooler climate mint and eucalypt characters of the wine. Upfront sweet blackberry and blueberry fruit explode to fill the palate. A full-bodied mouth feel is supported by ripe tannins and vanillan oak balanced by the mint and eucalypt notes.

This full-bodied wine is perfect with a juicy lamb dish or can handle rich beef or duck. 'The Cracker' is an amazing wine. With the extended cold maceration we have achieved dense colour and flavours that are not overdone. It's a wine I describe as elegantly big as it shows the best of the cooler West Australian climate as the merlot nicely rounds out the cabernet characters. Truly a Cracker!

Winemaker's Notes

Very dark red with slight purple hue. Lifted generous blackberry characters with the warmth of liquorice, chocolate and sweet vanillan oak. The oak fermentation and maturation has enhanced cooler climate mint and eucalypt characters of the wine. Upfront sweet blackberry and blueberry fruit explode to fill the palate. A full-bodied mouth feel is supported by ripe tannins and vanillan oak balanced by the mint and eucalypt notes.

This full-bodied wine is perfect with a juicy lamb dish or can handle rich beef or duck. 'The Cracker' is an amazing wine. With the extended cold maceration we have achieved dense colour and flavours that are not overdone. It's a wine I describe as elegantly big as it shows the best of the cooler West Australian climate as the merlot nicely rounds out the cabernet characters. Truly a Cracker!

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Hope Estate The Cracker Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good colour; an as yet unintegrated blend of sweet cassis fruit, oak and tannins; does have the makings of a good wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A vibrant wine, providing an Indian arm wrestle between the ripe fruit notes and the green tannins and acidity. Comes from Pope's WA vineyard, but the back label statement 'grown, produced and bottled at Hope Estate' is interesting.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
87

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