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St Huberts Cabernet Merlot

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Long before Pinot was the hero grape of the Yarra Valley, Cabernet was the red of the region. This blend pairs Cabernet and Merlot into a surprisingly harmonious package. The juicy fruit of the Merlot complements the structure of the Cabernet to produce an elegant red that cries out for lamb. Seductive notes of cherry and chocolate, with a little leafy lift before a soft mouthfeel of ripe fruit and firm tannins.

Winemaker's Notes

The St Huberts vineyard contains some of the oldest Cabernet vines in the Yarra Valley, with plantings dating back to the 1960s. For the 2012 Cabernet / Merlot fruit parcels were sourced primarily from vineyard sites on the Yarra Valley flats, with a portion of the Merlot from the Upper Yarra. 
 

Appearance: Med-dark garnet with crimson/red hues.

Nose: The nose is inviting, with lifted blueberries, black currants and briary fruit. Upper Yarra Merlot gives a hint of black olive and star anise, and the Yarra Cabernet, herb and leafy undertones.

Palate: The wine is medium bodied and balanced with a soft and fleshy mouth feel. Cassis, leaf and spice flavours follow on from the nose, and oak is very much in the back seat. The ripe - powdery tannins are evident and restrained.

Cellaring: Now until 2020.

Alcohol: 13.2%

Grape Variety: 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot.

expert reviews about

St Huberts Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Vibrant deep crimson; the bouquet is like a textbook of ripe Yarra cabernet, showing an amalgam of redcurrant, cassis, cedar and a light touch of herbaceous complexity; the palate is juicy and accessible on entry, yet tightens up with fine-grained tannins, lively acidity and a succulent conclusion; ready to go, but will cellar gracefully.
To 2022
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2011
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
They're dreaming on the price but you should be able to pick this up at significant discount. It's a lightish red but it drinks well. It tastes of mulberry, dried herbs and plums and, while the finish gives a hint of tannin pucker, it's really just smooth and easy to swallow. All too quickly you want another mouthful. Decent Wine
2010-2013
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
90
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Bright, fresh purple hues still retained fragrant cassis/redcurrant aromas, then a light-footed, fresh palate with cassis fruit to the fore, finishing with fine tannins, the oak subtle
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Good structure, texture and balance; the flavours of the varieties are seamlessly joined in a delicious blackcurrant spectrum; positive oak a plus.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
92
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Good colour; medium-bodied, luscious cassis and blackcurrant mix; fine, soft but lingering tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Attractive juicy berry fruit; cassis, raspberry and blackcurrant; lively mouthfeel and finish. Best soon.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
91
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; aromatic red berry fruit and splashes of leaf, mint and spice; the redcurrant and blackberry fruit comes through strongly on the palate, nicely balanced by fine tannins and subtle oak. A good reflection of an excellent vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
91
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the aromas are predominantly in the spicy/leafy spectrum, but there is some attractive cassis fruit there, if not quite of the same impressive quality as the Cabernet of the same vintage. The palate, however, shows much more of that cassis blackcurrant fruit, and is richer than the bouquet suggests. Fine, supple tannins and subtle oak round off an impressive achievement for a difficult vintage for the late-ripening varieties.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
86

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