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2023 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

2023 was a brilliant year for Cabernet Sauvignon and proved perfect ripening for Cabernet Sauvignon and merlot and Cullen vineyard. Made from 100% bio-dynamically certified fruit a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot,1% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Malbec has created a wine of great depth supported by delicious fine grained tannins.

The wine was matured in barriques of which 20% were new.

 

Vintage Notes

Vintage 2023 was a low yielding vintage which resulted in some stunning grapes and hence quality wine. In particular Cabernet Sauvignon exhibited the best typicity of varietal manifestation. The 52 year old vines consistently yield well year on year out.

The growing conditions until December were cold and wet and due to the negative Indian dipole and La Niña effects finishing in December 2022 we had an unprecedented dry spell from December until the end of harvest.

Small berry size particularly in white grape varieties produced beautifully balanced wines; Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, Cabernet and Malbec all outstanding.

Winemaker Notes

Vineyard: 47% Cullen Vineyard, 53% Mangan Vineyard

Varieties: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 1% Malbec

Harvest Dates: Picked between 20th and 21st March on New Moon flower days

Oak:  8 months in 20% new oak

Alcohol:  13%

Tasting Notes

Colour: Garnet with purple tinges Cellar: Enjoy now or for up to 20 years Bouquet: Mulberry, blueberry, plum, violets, rose Food: Serve with: Wagyu beef and roast root vegetables Palate: Unctuous fruit and juicy. Chocolate, ironstone, cigar box and delicious fine grained tannins which frame the fruit, leaving a delicious lingering complex aftertaste of Cullen cabernet merlot blend.

$50.00

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