2012 THOMPSON ESTATE CABERNET MERLOT
2012 Thompson Estate Cabernet Merlot
- 94pts James Halliday Wine Companion 2016
- 94pts Ray Jordan WA Wine Guide 2017
Deep dark red with a slight purple edge and brilliant clarity. Rich, complex fruit driven nose of an attractive array of blackberry, blackcurrants and other rich dark fruits pleasure the senses. A hint of dried sage, delicate violets, and cedar oak spice add an extra element of complexity while a splash of mint gives a clean, uplifting edge.
A rich, medium bodied palate with delicate red berry fruit flavours fills the mouth followed by a dark berry overtone and a savoury edge. The firm but slightly powdery tannin structure is in perfect balance with the fruit giving great length, complexity and elegance to the wine.
The fruit was gently machined harvested and processed into red fermenters where they are tenderly pumped over three times a day during fermentation to maximize colour extraction. When fermentation is complete the pumpover process continues twice a day until optimum tannin extraction has been achieved. The skins are then pressed and transferred to French oak barrels where the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. The wine is matured in barrel for 18 months before fining and bottling.
Geographical Indication: Wilyabrup, Margaret River
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 78%, Merlot 12% & Cabernet Franc 10%
Alcohol: 14 % v/v,
Residual Sugar: <2.0 gl="" --2="" 0--="">
TA: 7 g/l
Oak Maturation: Older French Oak
Harvest Date: March 2012
Bottling Date: 31 January 2014
Cellaring Potential: 13 years