As part of our new Regional Series, the fruit for this Cabernet Merlot was sourced entirely from our vineyards in Frankland, a region known for robust and flavoursome reds. Fruit was harvested in small batches with each parcel processed separately allowing greater control over the final blend. After a period of cold maceration to maximise colour and flavour extraction, each batch was fermented with regular plunging and pump-overs with the tannin levels closely monitored. Once a desired level of tannin had been achieved, the batches were pressed off skins separately to undergo secondary fermentation. A period of 14-16 months in French oak saw the wines mature and develop before a final blending took place, with the resulting wine truly capturing the essence of the Frankland region.
- WA - Frankland River
- Western Australia
"Varietal definition, vibrant poise and characterful allure define an exceptionally well priced Great Southern cabernet merlot. Lovely perfume reminiscent of violets and roses introduces a crunchy palate of pristine red and blackcurrants, underlined by great acid structure. Fine, mineral tannin texture melds seamlessly with enticing dark chocolate oak. Drink 2014-2020." Click here to download presenter. 94 points - Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly, 11 April 2014
"Most impressive young cabernet merlot. There's an earthy gravelly loam character on the nose, merging with the distinctive savoury fruit. The flavour is impressively built, with grainy tannins and subtle oak supporting the rich, plummy characters. Lovely texture with a long palate." Rating 93 - Ray Jordan, The West Australian FRESH, 15 May 2014
"A good wine for its price from this consistent maker. It has peppermint and dark berry aromas, while the palate is bright with gentle, smooth but present tannins. There's good intensity of berry flavours, the mint note is quite subtle."91 points - Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller WINE - 100 Top New Release Wines, 1 May 2014
"I'm amazed at the quality West Cape Howe produces at modest prices. This is a classic example. The wine is a deep red-purple and its bouquet summons dark berries and peppermint, the palate flavours bright and medium-bodied with softness, and gentle tannins. The minty note is subtle. A very good wine and terrific value. Best drinking now to 2022. Food: Slow-braised lamb shanks." Rating 91 -
Red of the Week - Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 January 2014
Winery Tasting Notes
Dark rich plum with a youthful violet hue.
Lifted notes of cassis, plum and raspberries complemented with sweet oak.
Intense berry fruits are accompanied by dark chocolate, powdery tannin and hints of cigar box from the oak. These rich, ripe characters give a great depth of flavour and linger on the finish.
Enjoy while youthful or will reward careful cellaring for 6 - 8 years.