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Lenton Brae Cabernet Merlot

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Talk about approachable! This wine is so approachable you could siddle up to it in a bar and get it's telephone number in a flash! It's a rich, ripe, fruit-driven wine that shows loads of dark berries and earthy spices on the nose, with just a hint of violets. The palate is smooth and sexy with sweet-fruited, plummy flavours, fine mellow tannins, and a dry, succulent finish. A juicy lamb burger is the go with this.

Winemaker's Notes

In making this wine, the emphasis is on minimal tannin extraction to produce a style rich in flavour with a softness to allow the wine to be enjoyed upon release.

This years release comprises 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Aromatically, the wine displays fruit cake and spice -like floral notes of Petit Verdot whilst on the palate, the structure and tannin of Cabernet Sauvignon compliments the mid palate sweetness and fleshy mouthfeel of the Merlot grape.

This wine would beautifully partner roast lamb, but would also compliment most red meats.

expert reviews about

Lenton Brae Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2031
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
93
Ray Jordan (2011 Vintage) says
A rich and deliciously flavoured cabernet blend with a little added help from petit verdot and cabernet franc. Packs some decent ripe fleshy fruit into its robust palate with dense and concentrated flavour. Supported by solid chewy tannins and a little oak. Excellent stuff.
9 years
WA Wine Guide 2013
92
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
Another ripper little blend of cabernet and merlot from Lenton Brae that absolutely nails this style. Lifted fragrant notes of mint and scented red fruits on the nose are thoroughly engaging. On the palate the soft ripe fruit is expertly harnessed with silky fine oak. It's soft and approachable but it has plenty of structural chalky tannin to support med term cellaring.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
93
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
With a touch of petit verdot for fragrance, an almost fifty percent dose of merlot plumps up the blackcurrant and leaf fruit of cabernet with a juicy mulberry hit. Its primary, vibrant and accurate fruit-driven style, and supple, soft demeanour make for an immediate and approachable Margaret River blend.
Wine Taste Special Edition 107
91
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Purple-crimson; the bouquet is concentrated and focused on the blackcurrant and plum fruit that follows on the medium- to full-bodied palate; savoury black olive nuances come through on the finish, aiding the texture as well as the flavour of the wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Crimson-purple; a pure and fragrant bouquet, then a vibrantly fresh palate, with redcurrant, blackcurrant, cherry and raspberry flavours, the finish lingering for a long time.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
A really stylish and elegant expression of this style but one with stacks of mid palate power. Blackcurrant and plum pudding richness with light cedary oak and ripe supple tannins. The palate is generous and effortlessly long. A quintessential style from this region.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
92
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Insistent varietal fruit aromas; firmly framed and focused around bright blackcurrant and raspberry fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
92
Ray Jordan (2001 Vintage) says
The power and style of the great 2001 vintage bursts from this wine. There are some fresh red berry aromas with even a hint of violet and blackberry. The palate is seriously firm and tight at this stage, but the fruit is sweet and rich with a degree of opulence still to show its stuff. Wait a few years and enjoy something special
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
92
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; complex dark berry/blackcurrant/cedar aromas move into a deep and concentrated palate with blackcurrant fruit supported by fine, ripe tannins; excellent balance and length. A blend of 82 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon and 18 per cent Merlot.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
94

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