Flametree Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2016
All fruit parcels were selectively machine harvested before being tipped directly into open fermenters or pumped into static fermenters for a few days soaking on skins. Once the ferments kicked in, we started plunging and doing pump-overs for subtle tannin extraction. The individual batches were fermented around 18-25 degrees, pressed and then transferred into new and used French oak barrels for maturation. After 12 months in 20% new French oak the Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot was blended, fined and then bottled.
The nose is typically aromatic, showing mulberry, redcurrants and even blue fruits. The palate shows ripe, fleshy varietal Cabernet fruit, some savoury Malbec characters and fine, chocolatey tannins. Cabernet provides fragrance and structure, Merlot provides velvety tannins and Malbec provides further dark fruits on the palate. This is classic Margaret River blend done right, with the perfect balance between fruit, oak and acidity with a lovely long finish.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% merlot, 15% Malbec