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The archetypal Margaret River fusion of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, crafted to extravagant Bordelais styling by one of West Australia's dauntless winemakers. Evans & Tate command a wide expanse of source vineyards and mesoclimes established in earlier times, which are now yielding harvests of well endowed fruit. A mostly Cabernet wine with a component of good Merlot, fashioned to offer great substance and style, the smoothest textures and ripe natural grape acids, graced by soft tannins and perfectly integrated French oak.

Grapes are tasted every third day whilst still ripening on the vine to ensure optimal schedule for picking. Bunches are gently destemmed and transferred to the fermenter for three to four days of cold soak. Fruit is vinified at 20 to 22C for six to eight days as the ferments are treated to a thorough aeration and seed removal every twelve hours. Upon completion, batches are pressed separately to tank before being racked off yeast lees to barrel. The pressings are included in the final wine to add structure and texture. A third of the Cabernet is matured up to eighteen months in new French oak barriques, the balance of Cabernet and Merlot are aged for a year in a mix of seasoned French oak barriques.

Intense purple red with vibrant purple rim. Dark plum and blackcurrant notes with lifted aromas of violet. Concentrated palate of dark plums, blackcurrant and tobacco leaf framed by a lifted note of violets. Subtle cedar and dark chocolate characters imparted from time spent in French oak barriques adds lovely complexity to the final wine. Showing youthful, fresh flavours and ripe fruit characters, Metricup Road is drinking beautifully right now

Still finding its feet but attractive flavours of blackcurrant, chocolate and dried herbs suggest that time will be kind. Classic tannin structure cements the impression. Drink by: 2025; Date Tasted: 03 Mar 2015; Alcohol: 13.9%; Rating: 92 Points & Special Value Star; Campbell Mattinson; James Halliday Wine Companion

Another new label. Gives me great joy to see marketing departments gainfully employed. This is Margaret Cabernet delivered in a smooth, chocolaty, crowd-pleasing style. It’s medium bodied, black and red fruited, attractively perfumed with vanilla and dried herb, and quite nicely structured with a silky weight of tannin and a pretty good finish. You’ll often see this sold for under $20, which is sharp buying. Tasted : Apr16; Alcohol : 14%; Price : $24; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2016 - 2019; Rated : 90 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front


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