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Merops Wines Ornatus Cabernet Blend

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Merops Ornatus is the scientific name of the rainbow bird, the rather attractive specimen on the front of the Merops label. The wine too is an offbeat blend that couples together a whole raft of varieties to make an intriguing savoury wine of some style. The key to the appeal of this red though is all about the fine (certified organic) grapes at the core, proving once again that it's all made in the vineyard.

Winemaker's Notes

Estate grown organic grapes and traditional winemaking blending 5% Shiraz, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc and 55% Merlot aged in French Oak has produced a complex medium to full bodied wine with smooth texture. Bouquet: Complex mulberry, violets, leather, graphite. Palate: Rich, blackcurrants, grainy tannins some herbal elements, balanced and long.

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Merops Wines Ornatus Cabernet Blend

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Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
This is a blend of Cabernet franc and Merlot that I guess takes something from the Right Bank of Bordeaux. Beautiful scented aromas with lifted violets and mulberry notes. The palate is medium bodied with a thoroughly seamless integrated of fruit oak and tannin. Just beautiful.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Light, lean, clean and bright wine with raisined fruit and restrained oak.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Light, bright crimson-purple; an elegant, fragrant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%)/Merlot (40%) with similarities to the structure of the '08 Shiraz, particularly its powdery, full tannins. Gold medal WA Wine Show '09.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Light-bodied; fresh red fruits with some olive and citrus nuances; fair length. Merlot/ Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz/Cabernet Franc.
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Australian Wine Companion 2009
Ray Jordan (2006 Vintage) says
This is a blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and cabernet franc. From a difficult vintage they have crafted an elegant and stylish red blend delivering a controlled flavoursome palate of good structure and finesse. Oak and fruit are nicely integrated and the finish pleasant. Nice wine for the shorter term.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Smells of stewed dark fruit with a slight menthol character, and is sweet and fleshy in the mouth.
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Light but clear colour and hue; distinctly foresty/briary/earthy overtones, and the same sweet fruit of the cabernet underpinning the other components.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Ray Jordan (2005 Vintage) says
Have to say this wine has improved significantly since tasted 12 months before. Beautifully fragrant and seductive bouquet while the palate is both refined and powerful. Oak has been exceptionally well integrated. Classy wine showing the promise of this vineyard.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Savoury black fruits, and persistent, lingering tannins in house style. A Bordeaux blend; consistent bronze medal winner.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
WINESTATE (2004 Vintage) says
A lively, chunky wine thats chock-a -block full of fresh blackberry and cherry fruit aromas and flavours. Nice long, firm tannins.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005

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