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RegionMargaret River, WA
WinemakerMatt Byrne
ColourDeep purple red with a vibrant purple rim.
AromaA pure expression of Margaret River Cabernet Merlot- cassis and plum with a lovely floral violet lift. A savoury layer of dried herbs adds the regional stamp of Margaret River.
PalateA seamless palate with endless length of flavours of blackberry, plum and bay leaf. Medium-bodied in style typical of Bordeaux blends out of the region but with driving flavour and a vibrant refreshing palate and tight tannin kick critical to our Cabernet driven style.
Growing ConditionsThe 2014 growing season in Margaret River commenced with what seems like text book Spring conditions when you look at the data. Coming off a lovely cool, wet winter only just under the long-term rainfall average and consistently low temperatures until the vines burst away in a slightly warmer than normal month of Aug. Sep and Oct temperatures were right on the long-term average with no extremes and Nov was a copy of Oct with ideal temperatures for that month albeit slightly mild being under the long-term average. The rainfall data for these months also portrays an ideal picture with Sep and Nov being spot on their average and Oct being only slightly under. However, the storms and wind that accompanied this rain plus the frequency of rain events during these months (especially Nov which had 9 rain days evenly spread throughout the month) meant that flowering conditions were not ideal in many vineyards and subsequent fruit set and yield was variable and/or down. The region then moved into weather from Dec to Mar that Margaret River is renowned for. Four months where the temperatures were right on the long-term average with no spikes and lovely cool nights, with a period of 10 consecutive days of very special and well-timed warm weather in late Jan into early Feb. This period was also very dry – only 17mm of rain falling in three and a half months! Then the 39mm of rain received from 17-19-Mar from the tail of Cyclone Olwyn was perfectly timed as all our white varieties had been harvested and the timing and volume of this rainfall event was ideal to freshen the reds and kick them on to achieve full ripeness and ideal balance – a trait of the vintage. Conditions then returned to near perfection until there was significant follow up rain that commenced on 8-Apr with our final harvest being on…….the 8-Apr! Over 120mm of rain ended up falling in April which is the highest since 1990 – something that will put the vines in good stead heading into the 2016 vintage. All in all, it was a vintage in Margaret River where we were lucky (quite a consistent theme here) as although yields were painfully low and bird damage compounded the situation, it was the low yields at the end of the day that has really helped take quality to the level expected from Margaret River. It was a gentle Summer in Margaret River with remarkably unchanging conditions day after day right up until Autumn and the final days of harvest – only a one day heat spike on Sunday 12-Jan (37ºC) was experienced which was too early in the season to have any impact. These mild conditions retained grape acids and minimised phenolics in the white varieties whilst maximising their aromatic and flavour intensity. The slow, even rate of ripening meant harvest decisions were very precise with the result being exceptionally balanced juices and wines. The reds also had lower Baume levels at full ripeness and a fineness of tannin – similar to 2008.
Vinification/MaturationThe parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec grown for our Metricup Road are located on vineyard sites in the central and northern parts of the Margaret River wine growing region. These strategic locations were chosen for their ability to consistently produce a wine with intense colour, ripe fruit flavours and a fine, silken tannin profile with the ability to age. The Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented for 10 days with seed removal to ensure desired texture and style in end wine. The Merlot and Malbec were pressed off skins after partial wild fermentation. The Cabernet and Malbec then spent 15 months maturing in barrel and the Merlot 12 months where they were all racked twice and topped monthly. Each individual barrel was then tasted and assessed before included in final blend.
Alcohol/Vol14%
pH3.48pH
Acidity (TA)6.44 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date28-04-2017
Peak DrinkingBest drinking from 2019+
Recommended Food PairingHarvey Beef slow braised red wine cassoulet

Metricup Road runs through the heart of Margaret River and since 1974, the lush vineyards of Evans & Tate have lined their way along Metricup Road as you travel through the region.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm

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