Freycinet Cabernet Merlot 2019

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The 2019 season produced a classic high quality east coast vintage and has produced one of Claudio's favourite Cabernet Merlot wines for some years! 
Just a handful of warm sites around Tasmania, including Freycinet Vineyard, produce excellent Cabernet and Merlot wines. Reminiscent of the Bordeaux region, our cool maritime climate allows us to fully ripen these varieties, creating wines with fine, elegant savoury tannins, worthy of the cellar.

2019 was a classic high quality east coast Tasmanian vintage. Winter and spring were warmer and drier leading to earlier budburst which followed through to an to earlier harvest. The mild conditions in combination with well-timed rains through summer and autumn enabled moderate yields to ripen optimally, producing excellent quality fruit across all varieties.

Mature vines are meticulously hand tended and handpicked, ensuring optimal ripeness. In the winery, fruit is hand sorted and destemmed to ensure fragrance and intensity of flavour.

A unique expression of place, the combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a sprinkling of Cabernet Franc ensures the ideal balance of plush berry fruit, spice and herbaceous, savoury complexity. Deep ruby with a hint of purple, heady aromas of cigar box, cassis and liquorice fill the glass. The supple and harmonious palate melds juicy plums, ripe berries and blackcurrants with liquorice, spice, herbs and black olives which are further complemented by attractively integrated savoury oak. Extended post ferment maceration and 24 months maturation in barriques has allowed for the development of fine, elegant tannins and with a long finish, promising to reward with careful cellaring.

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