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RegionMargaret River, WA
WinemakerMatt Byrne
ColourDense purple red with a vibrant purple rim.
AromaShows intense regional expression and purity - fresh blackberry, redcurrant and bay leaf with lovely ripe mulberry notes and a lift of violets. Well seasoned oak aromas of cedar and fresh toast add lovely interest and complexity.
PalateA seamless palate with endless length of flavor – medium bodied in style typical of Bordeaux blends out of the region but with driving flavor and a vibrant refreshing palate and tight tannin kick critical to our Cabernet driven style.
Growing ConditionsThe exceptional 2014 vintage started in September 2013 where rainfall for this month was over double the long term average (215mm vs 105mm) – a great start to the season to set up the vines – especially our dry grown Blocks. Rainfall for the entire 2013 calendar year not only the highest since 1996, but also the only year since 1996 that it has exceeded the long-term average. The beauty of rain is that it all fell at the right time – post-harvest, winter and early Spring of 2013 – exceptional! This was followed by very dry but not hot conditions (utopia for wine grape growing) with only 7mm of rain recorded all summer. Then a perfectly timed 17mm rain event on the 31-March finished off the ripening of our older Cabernet Blocks. 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 and Merlot grown for our Metricup Road Cabernet Merlot 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. In the lead up to harvest in late March, the fruit in each vineyard Block was tasted every second day to ensure it was picked at its optimum. Most of the fruit was picked between midnight and early morning to ensure it reached the winery as cold as possible. The fruit was then gently de-stemmed and transferred to a fermenter where it was held cold for 4-5 days prior to fermentation. This cold soaking technique contributes perfumed aromatics to our end wine, vibrant stable colour and flexibility in managing tannin extraction and texture in the resulting wine style. The fruit from each vineyard Block was fermented separately as slightly different winemaking is required for each Block and variety. Following the cold soak period, each parcel was fermented at 20-26ºC for 6-8 days with each ferment being thoroughly aerated every 8 hours along with seed removal early in fermentation. At the completion of fermentation, most parcels were pressed separately to tank before being racked off yeast lees to barrel. The remaining batches of Cabernet were kept on skins for an additional 12-20 days. The Cabernet was matured in new French oak barriques and hogsheads (12% new) with the balance of the Cabernet and all of the Merlot being matured in 1-5 year old French oak hogsheads (300L barrels). The parcels in new oak were matured for 12-16 months with the parcels in older oak spending ~12 months in barrel. All parcels were kept separate until the final blending stage to assess the development of each vineyard Block and to provide more options at blending. Following trials, the wine was minimally handled by being blended in tank and lightly fined with local free-range egg whites before being filtered only once and matured in bottle prior to release.
Acidity (TA)6.55 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date10-10-2016
Peak DrinkingWhile the wine is drinking very well now it will continue to develop for the next six years.
Recommended Food PairingHarvey Beef slow braised red wine cassoulet
It has all the exuberance of youth, yet promises to settle down in time. Bright, dark ruby-purple; full of blackberries and currants, licorice and black olives with cedary oak notes leading on to a not quite full-bodied palate with its precise tannins.
93 points
James HallidayWine Companion 2018

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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