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Zema Estate Cluny Cabernet Merlot

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Cracka Review

When we heard there was a wine called Cluny we though it was in honour of that film star George, but it’s spelt differently, however it’s just as smooth and a star in its own right. This Cluny is from the Coonawarra and forges the holy union of Cabernet and Merlot to produce a wine that is full of character and charm. The addition of Cabernet Franc and Malbec help fill out the complexity in this rich red that’s laden with red berries and charry oak. The wine is soft and yielding with a mouth-filling plate and nicely integrated tannins.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Good dark medium colour with a hint of purple.

Nose: The wine has an attractive ripe red berry and mint aroma with traces of underlying toasty oak.

Palate: The palate has bold dark cherry and red berry flavours supported by generous but approachable tannins. The oak flavours are well integrated from 12 months in French and American hogsheads. The wine has a medium-bodied structure contributing to an attractive overall appeal.

Food: Pork Belly, Lamb Shanks, Lasagna

Cellaring: This wine is well structured with an outstanding depth of fruit. It is drinking well now, however will gain more complexity with careful cellaring.

Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (5%) and Malbec (5%).

expert reviews about

Zema Estate Cluny Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
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Australian Wine Companion 2012
92
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Fractionally herbal but supple and elegant, this youthful blend should flesh out in the bottle, its sweet fragrance of cherries, cassis, plums and cedar/vanilla oak has a minty background of menthol and dried herbs. Medium to full-bodied, with a fine, dusty undercarriage, it does reveal some faintly raisined, greenish edges around the palate but also a juicy presence of small berries and plums.
The Australian Wine Annual
89
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
2008 injects Cluny with a plump mulberry and cassis juiciness, providing a fruity immediacy, without detracting from the classic, fine-tuned tannin chassis that defines Zema.
WINE100
92
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Cluny is a cabernet merlot blend with a splash of malbec and cabernet franc in the mix and it offers a straight-shooting take on the regional theme of mint, cassis, plum and herbs. The palate s taking a savoury thread with some meaty, beef stock notes through the finish. Sturdy frame.
Now
Good Wine Guide
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Fragrant red and black fruits with some earthy nuances on the bouquet; the medium-bodied palate provides more of the same before thinning out fractionally on the finish.
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2011
90
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
Nice to see some restraint in Cluny. At 14% alcohol, its lifted violet florals are given voice, providing a fresh lift to its mixed spice, fruit cake and cinnamon notes. Macerated red berry flavours are given form by fine tannins. Value.
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A complex wine; very much in the herb, leaf and earth spectrum, with some attractive spicy overtones
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A supple, finely balanced and elegant blend whose violet like fragrance of fresh black and red berries and restrained cedar/vanilla oak are lifted by a light mintiness. Smooth and fine grained, its surprisingly plush and dark plums knits tightly with fine oak. It finishes long and smooth, with a lingering reminder of its fine texture and structure.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
94
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
An attractive medium-bodied blend of red and black fruits; fine, sweet tannins, and the usual controlled oak. Business as usual.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Strong red-purple; sweet dark berry, plum and mulberry fruit aromas lead into a soft, round, fleshy mouthfilling palate, with exemplary oak and tannin management. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
93
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is fragrant and lively, with a mix of red fruits, spice and lemon zest. The palate does not disappoint, with an attractive mix of blackberry and oak; good tannin management and subtle oak play a support role to the very attractive fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
90
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Full red-purple, bright but deep; the bouquet is quite powerful with berry and leaf aromas, the palate with a mix of cassis, a touch of sweet mint, and other dark berry fruits; finishes with soft tannins and subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
89

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