The 2011 Cabernet Merlot is a mixture of three different Margaret River sub regions. The bulk of the fruit comes from the aptly named Wilyabrup Estate vineyard on Pusey road and the Celestial Bay vineyard on Metricup road, both Wilyabrup vineyards. This was complemented with fruit from the Brushwood vineyard on Commonage Road in Yallingup and the Ellen’s Ridge vineyard in the Wallcliffe subregion. All vineyards are planted on gravel loam and have a history of growing moderate crops with excellent varietal characters and good fruit concentration.
- WA - Margaret River
- Western Australia
“Wild yeast fermented. Long cold soak. 14 months in French oak, 40 percent of it new. Includes 10 percent malbec and 5 percent petit verdot. Made by Cliff Royle...
Flavours of pencil, earth, chocolate and blackcurrant. Dried, dusty herbs too. Lovely dry/drying tannin. Doesn't show a lot of juiciness or flesh at this early stage but structurally it's fantastic”.
Rating 92+ - Campbell Mattinson, www.thewinefront.com.au, September 14 2012
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep red in colour with a bright purple rim.
This wine captures the incredible quality of the 2011 vintage. A classic Cabernet nose of cassis and blackberry with notes of freshly dusted cocoa and subtle spice.
The palate is beautifully concentrated, packed with dark fruits and bitter chocolate characters. The 2011 Cabernet Merlot has a juicy, almost sweet mouth feel, with fine tannins and a savoury finish. Aged in tight grained quality French oak barrels for fourteen months, the oak has pulled the fruit into line and provided the framework for a classic Margaret River Cabernet Merlot.
This is a classic Margaret River Cabernet Merlot from a wonderful vintage that is sure to provide great drinking pleasure on release, or improve with patient cellaring for up to 10 years.