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Irvine Wines Merlot Cabernet Franc

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While famed for their cracking Merlot the decision for the Irvines to make a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot based on the great wines of Bordeaux. It’s a 50/50 blend that’s perfumed with violets from the Cabernet Franc and complimented by the cherry and plum of the Merlot. The addition of Franc to the blend lends structure and tannin weight to the blend. It’s smooth but concentrated with a long finish. It pairs well with roast lamb and all the trimmings.

Winemaker's Notes

Nose: The generous proportion of Cabernet Franc adds characteristic violet floral overtones and structure to the softness and rich plum characters delivered by the Merlot.

Palate: Both varieties blended add complexity and harmony on the palate to this very interesting wine. The bouquet of the Cabernet Franc is most pleasurable and somewhat unusual in its violet-floral overtones. This sits nicely with the rich plum and cherry characters of the Eden Valley Merlot.

It is on the palate that the Cabernet Franc is most noticeable, for it gives a very fine tannin structure and a totally new taste combination. Quite gentle but still with silkiness and power and abundant flavour. A most rewarding wine in every way unique in style and character.

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Irvine Wines Merlot Cabernet Franc

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
Merlot king Jim Irvine makes nine incarnations each year and I'll probably be banished from the merlot kingdom for saying that his best are blends with cabernets. At five years old, his red horse is bright, crunchy and complex.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2011
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
As always, Irvine plays the oak game with great skill, weaving oak through the fruit from start to finish; sweet cassis and plum fruit, and fine, ripe tannins provide a delicious drink, even if it's not Chateau Ausone.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
92
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Complex, with typical Irvine supple texture and mouthfeel; black fruits interwoven with mocha oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90

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