Cabernet Merlot

Meerea Park’s first Cabernet Merlot blend was released from the 1996 vintage. The Cabernet and Merlot fruit parcels are always out of area with the Hilltops region showing the best promise so far.

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2013

2013-Cabernet-Merlot[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hilltops

Alcohol: 14.0%

Background:Meerea Park’s first Cabernet Merlot blend was released from the 1996 vintage. The Cabernet and Merlot fruit parcels are always out of area with the Hilltops region showing the best promise so far.

Fruit source:The ‘Terra Australis’ Vineyard at Kingsvale near Young in the Hilltops region of New South Wales.

Fermentation:After being trucked to Pokolbin overnight, the fruit was fermented in closed tanks being pumped over twice daily.

Maturation: Post fermentation, the wine was matured in all previously used French oak barrels of varying sizes for 17 months prior to bottling.

Winemaker’s comments:2013’s vintage conditions in Hilltops was very good and supplied us with high quality grapes to work with. The harvest was trouble free and delivered ripe and more importantly disease free fruit. Yields were moderate. The blend ratio is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot.

Tasting note:A mid crimson colour in the glass, varietal Cabernet Sauvignon lifted red berries, blackcurrant and black olive aromas fill the nose. The oak influence is moderate with a touch of Mocha. The palate is medium-bodied but flavoursome and balanced by the ripe silky tannins. Drinking well now as a young wine but will develop in the short term and hold for 10 years.

Cellaring estimate:Medium term.

Suggested food match:Red meat cuisine.

What the Experts Say

A 78/28% blend from the Terra Australis Vineyard, matured in used French oak for 17 months. Has instantaneous appeal with its juicy red cherry, cassis and blueberry flavours leading the way on the light to medium-bodied palate, perfectly pitched oak and tannins add an extra dimension. Ludicrously underpriced.

Rated 92. James Halliday – 2016 Australian Wine Companion

2012

2012%20Cabernet%20Merlot%20-%20FS[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hilltops

Alcohol: 14.0%

Background:Meerea Park’s first Cabernet Merlot blend was released from the 1996 vintage. The Cabernet and Merlot fruit parcels are always out of area with the Hilltops region showing the best promise so far.

Fruit source:The ‘Terra Australis’ Vineyard near Young in the Hilltops region of New South Wales.

Fermentation: After being trucked to Pokolbin overnight, the fruit was fermented in closed tanks being pumped over twice daily.

Maturation: Post fermentation, the wine was matured in all previously used French and American oak barrels for 20 months prior to bottling.

Winemaker’s comments:The 2012 vintage in Southern New South Wales, including Kingsvale was in great contrast to the poor 2011 vintage. Conditions allowed the harvest of ripe and more importantly disease free

Tasting note:Mid crimson red in colour, the nose shows lifted red berries and blackcurrant fruits. Hints of mocha from the oak maturation is a subtle additions to the nose. The palate is mediumbodied with more than enough flavour to balance the ripe but silky tannins. Drinking perfectly now but will develop in the short term and hold for 10 years.

Cellaring estimate: Short to medium term.

Suggested food match: Red meat cuisine.

2010

CM-2010[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hilltops

Alcohol: 14.0%

Background: Meerea Park’s first Cabernet Merlot blend was released from the 1996 vintage. The Cabernet and Merlot fruit parcels are always out of area with the Hilltops region showing the best promise so far.

Fruit source: The ‘Terra Australis’ Vineyard near Young in the Hilltops region of New South Wales.

Fermentation: After being trucked to Pokolbin overnight, the fruit was fermented in closed tanks being pumped over twice daily.

Maturation: Post fermentation, the wine was matured in used French and American oak barrels for 19 months and then bottled in December 2011.

Winemaker’s comments: 2010 in Southern New South Wales was coming out of the drought vintages of the previous three years but the weather was still good enough to produce some wonderfully flavoured and ripe fruit.

Tasting note: Mid dark red in colour, the nose shows lifted berry fruits with hints of mocha and earth. The palate is medium-full bodied with soft ripe tannins. Drinking perfectly now.

Cellaring estimate: Short to medium term.

Suggested food match: Roast lamb.

2009

CM-2009[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hilltops

Alcohol: 14.5%

Background: Meerea Park’s first Cabernet Merlot blend was released from the 1996 vintage. The Cabernet and Merlot fruit parcels are always out of area with the Hilltops region showing the best promise so far.

Fruit source: The ‘Terra Australis’ Vineyard near Young in the Hilltops region of New South Wales.

Fermentation: After being trucked to Pokolbin overnight, the fruit was fermented in closed tanks being pumped over twice daily.

Maturation: Post fermentation, the wine was matured in used French and American oak barrels for 19 months and then bottled in October 2010.

Winemaker’s comments: 2009 was another great vintage for the Hilltops region in New South Wales. Warm dry weather during the ripening period of late March was the driving factor for the high fruit quality.

Tasting note: Deep dark red in the glass, the sweet blackberry and ripe plum fruit characters are supported by vanillan oak on the nose. The wine has good weight and length on the palate with soft velvet like tannins, offering exceptional value for money.

Cellaring estimate: Short to medium term.

Suggested food match: Roast meat.

What the experts say:

“Aromas of dried cherry, raspberry pie, smoky bacon, dried herbs and spice. Curious smelling wine but I like it. On the palate medium to full bodied with dried cherry, raspberry, dried herb and earthy flavours. Smooth texture with some grainy tannins. Gamey raspberry finish of good length. Very good wine at this price”.

Rated : 89 Points.

Gary Walsh—Winorama—August 2007

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