Smithbrook Cabernet Merlot 2012 (6 x 750mL), Pemberton, WA.

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Overview

In the 1980’s Smithbrook was identified as a premium wine growing site that would be most suited to planting the Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet and Merlot. The property shares similar climate, soil type and maritime influence to the most famous wine region in France.

The growing season leading up to 2012 was warmer and drier than average for the estate vineyards. These conditions are ideal as disease pressure is kept to a minimum. A rain spell in the beginning and end of January, unusual for this time of year, gave the vines a perfect boost and ensured strong vine health, and perfect ripening.

This wine has been blended from a selection of 10 different blocks which have each been fermented separately and matured in a combination of new and seasoned oak barriques for 18 months. Carefully fined with egg whites before being bottled, the resulting wine style aims to demonstrate the terroir of the vineyard, rich in elegance and structure.

Region:
WA - Pemberton
State:
Western Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Medium to full red purple.

Aroma

The aroma abounds with lifted savoury and bramble fruits. Dark plum and cherry with hints of vanilla and spice make this wine warm and inviting.

Palate

A fruit driven wine that is medium bodied, yet has a firm structure to ensure it will improve with bottle age. Bright cherry fruit, with an undertone of subtle oak and fine silky tannins complement the finish.

Cellaring

Will continue to improve for 2 to 4 years, and drink well for over 7 years.

Vintage
2012
Region
WA - Pemberton
Grape Style
Cabernet Blends
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
14.5%

Winery Profile

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The Smithbrook vineyard is located amongst majestic “tall trees” on a pristine hill in the Pemberton wine region in the south west corner of Western Australia.

Planted in the late 1980s, the vineyard represents the most significant mature vineyard in the region. The warm Indian Ocean to the West and the cool Southern Ocean to the south create a maritime climate.

Smithbrook focuses on two key varietals - Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot, identified as the best varieties for this region.

Smithbrook has a natural, sustainable approach to managing the vineyard; low-yielding dry grown vines, roaming Guinea Fowl to control insects and no harmful sprays all assist to grow balanced vines. Vineyard philosophy employed includes rigorous programme of heavy pruning, minimal irrigation and low cropping in order to increase the fruit quality of the vineyard.

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