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2013 Filius Cabernet Merlot

This wine comes from the northern part of Margaret River where optimal ripeness is assured. Maturation in French oak barriques provides complexity to this generous, elegant and structured wine. The dry tannin structure of Cabernet Sauvignon is mellowed by the soft generous body of Merlot. A small amount of Malbec accentuates both varieties providing depth of colour, aroma, flavour and structure.

 

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Tasting Notes
Colour Deep maroon/red with a red hue. Nose Subdued, fine, complex, savoury nose with small red and black berries, cassis, the smell of a summer Aussie forest, hints of Mexican chocolate, cumin and dried herbs with a touch of vanilla. Palate A luscious entrance with medium body carrying cassis, red berries, a hint of herb and spiced oak flavours heading to a fresh and fine tannin dry finish. Vanilla dough and cassis flavour remains.
Winemaker Notes
Winemaker's notes The individual batches were crushed separately into stainless steel fermentation vessels. Cabernet parcels underwent a suitable duration of maceration so as extract a fine backbone of structural tannins and blackcurrant laden fruit. The Merlot parcels underwent cold pre-fermentation maceration and were pressed off skins early to maintain a soft luscious mouth feel. The resulting wine was matured in fine French oak for 12 months, with incorporation of traditional oxidative handling, to soften and round the tannin profile and add further aroma and flavour complexity.
Varietals:
Production Notes
Varietals: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Malbec
Alcohol:
Alcohol %
14.5
Cellaring Potential:
Aging
Will reward medium term cellaring.
Harvested:
Harvest Date
March - April 2013
Oak:
Fermentation
100% French Oak, 12 months (8% new, 92% 1-5 year old)
TA:
Acid
6.4g/L
pH:
pH
3.45
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
0.45g/L
Bottled:
Bottling Date
September 2014 2013 Filius Cabernet Merlot
Vintage Notes
2013

Vintage Description

Moderate spring temperatures accompanied by low solar radiation and cool soil conditions contributed to slower vine growth and increased disease pressure. Thankfully, a consistently warm and dry summer ensured clean canopies and another early start to the white harvest. Rapidly cooling weather in March allowed extended ripening time for the reds and more traditional harvest timing through late March into April.

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  • 95 Points

    Wine Companion

    A 60/30/10% blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Malbec matured in French oak. The super-fragrant bouquet heralds an elegant, light to medium-bodied wine that engages your attention through its seamless, silky and harmonious palate of red and black small berry fruits. Superb drink now/soon style.

  • 93 points

    The West Australian Wine Guide 2016

    So much to like about this classy fruit-driven cabernet merlot. Leafy minty aroma with red berry and cedary influences. The palate is medium bodied with fine chalky tannins, a dab of fine grained oak and plenty of driving fruit. Delicious wine for the next few years.

  • 92 points

    JamesSuckling.com

    A tight and silky red with wet stone, black currant and berry aromas and flavors. Full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

  • 90

    Globe & Mail

    From cool-climate Margaret River in remote Western Australia, this red displays the crisp, savoury style that is the region's trademark. Full-bodied but light on its feet. Cassis infused with mint, supported by fine, gently sticky tannins and a zippy lift. Perfect for grilled or roast lamb. Available in Ontario.