Flametree Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2017
Hand-picked and select harvested fruit parcels were tipped directly into open or static fermenters for a few days soaking on skins. Once the wild ferment kicked in, we started plunging and pump-overs for subtle tannin extraction. We worked the skins early and then backed off later in the fermentation process. The individual batches were pressed and then transferred into new and used French oak barrels for maturation. After 12 months in 35% new French oak the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot was blended and bottled, no fining was necessary.
The 2017 Cabernet Merlot is very aromatic, showing mulberry, plum and cassis together with dark chocolate notes. The palate shows ripe, fleshy varietal Cabernet fruit characters finishing with fine, soft tannins. Cabernet provides fragrance and structure; Merlot adds mid-palate weight and lovely earthy notes; Malbec provides further dark fruit flesh. This year’s Cabernet Merlot will provide good early drinking and also age well in the short to medium term.
79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 10% Malbec
Enjoy now or cellar for up to 10 years.