Watson Family Cabernet Merlot
The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard is located in the southerly Wallcliffe region, which produces very elegant aromatic wines with gravelly tannins.
The Merlot is sourced from vineyards in the central Wilyabrup Valley region, known for producing plush wines with ripe tannins.
After harvesting, this wine was destemmed and crushed before being ‘cold soaked’ on skins for up to five days prior to fermentation. During fermentation the must was pumped over 4 times a day to extract colour and tannin. Following fermentation this wine was matured in French oak barrels for 12 months.
This wine was sourced from the Wilyabrup Valley, located in the heart of Margaret River. This region is known for producing plush whites with ripe flavours, and it’s a region where the “Gingin” clone of Chardonnay excels. This clone typically has smaller berries that offer up high skin-to-juice ratios and higher natural acidity, which match perfectly with the Wilyabrup climate
The nose is lifted and complex, with Burgundian barrel ferments notes prominent. White peach and nectarine mix with floral notes in the background – there’s a lot of finesse here.
The palate opens with ripe orchard fruits – white peach featuring in particular. There is much richness and fruit sweetness across the palate, mouth filling yet with great acidity to balance.
The wine finishes with great length of flavour.
An outstanding wine from a great vintage, this wine will be best enjoyed from 2021 to 2026.