2012 MERITAGE 750ml
This Meritage is a blend of classic Bordeaux varieties, a higher proportion of Cabernet Franc and Merlot and small quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon to add concentrated black fruit aromas, acidity and tannins to the backbone of the wine to help it age. Cabernet Franc gives wines elegant, vibrant red fruit and floral aromas and lower levels of smooth tannins. Merlot adds soft, velvety tannins, a luscious body, high alcohol and classic varietal flavours of blackberry and plum to the blend. This Meritage was matured in 225-litre French barrique for 16-18 months and it is medium ruby in colour, full-bodied, medium to high acidity and medium + tannins, a soft and rich mouthfeel with complex red cherry, blackberry and plum aromas and subtle spicy notes such as cloves, black pepper and sweet backing spice. Best served room temperature 15-18 °C (59-64 °F).