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2005 Merlot / Cabernet Franc                                     Museum stock only

 

Description

The wine is a deep plum crimson red with a lifted nose of cherry, chocolate, plums and an exotic hint of allspice.  The palate is fully integrated with great fruit flavours and fine tannins, giving in to a long delicious length.  A wine that has the potential to age, we recommend that given a further 4-7 years this wine would create secondary flavours that will add to the current taste.

 

If drunk with food (which is certainly recommended as there are few greater pleasures), we recommend any form of game meats (duck, quail, venison etc), as well as roasted lamb as particularly fine matches with this wine.

 

Sealed under screwcap to ensure the wine made by us arrives to you as we intended it to.

 

 

 

Reviews

Aromas of cherry/raspberry, chocolate, baking spices, a touch of cedar oak and some more earthy tobacco overtones. A most charmingly aromatic and interesting smelling wine. On the palate medium bodied. A wine of some elegance and poise with flavours of cherries and plums, fresh raspberry, chocolate and black olive. Fine dry tannins and lively pippy acidity. Finishes with dry tannin and earthy red fruit flavours. Good length. Very stylish and unforced. A true claret style that does not rely on oak, alcohol or extract to make itself heard. A bargain at the price and a very strong buy recommendation from me.

 

Rated : 92 Points

Tasted : Oct06

Alcohol : 12.7%

Closure : Screwcap

Drink : 2007 - 2012

 

By Gary Walsh (See the full review at The Wine Front)

 

 

Technical Details

 

Our first commercial vintage from our primary planted vines of Merlot and Cabernet Franc was completed in late March to early April 2005.  The season was an excellent one for the Margaret River region with a solid even set during spring and a dry but not too hot summer.  A large downpour occurred during March, but with the ground being so dry and having a large sloping estate much of this water simply ran off the vineyard, causing no problems during vintage.  Many vineyards have rated this vintage the best since 2001 and we also thought this was a great year to show off what our site could produce.

 

The fruit was severely thinned prior to harvest, as in 2004, and during hand harvesting any grapes that were considered not good “enough to eat” were dropped on the ground.  The technical data on these hand picked grapes are as below:

 

Merlot:                         Picked 26 March 2005

                                    Total weight 2807 kg

                                    Brix 23.8

                                    pH 3.35

                                    TA 5.32

 

Cabernet Franc:           Picked 9 April 2005

                                    Total weight 1947 kg

                                    Brix 23.0

                                    pH 3.43

                                    TA 7.45

 

We were fortunate enough to have Sharna Kowalczuk from Vasse River Wines make our wine and she completed an exemplarily job with our grapes from arrival through to bottling.  The wine was fermented in a closed vat and continuously “pumped over” to extract colour and tannins softly, with ferment being completed after 9 days.  The wine was pressed and placed in French oak barrels and stored for 15 months.

 

 

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