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Smith Hooper Cabernet Merlot CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Wrattonbully South Australia
Wrattonbully is blessed by some of the most desirable winegrowing terrains in Australia. Smith & Hooper are sourced entirely from two Wrattonbully estate vineyards, adjacent properties which have long been owned and operated by the Smith and Hooper families. These are premium red wines from exceptional sites where the philosophy is to let the terroir speak for itself, and it does. The elements of soil and climate are so exceptional, that they elevate the noble cepage of Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon into a profound wine of distinction and finesse.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$239.00
Smith & Hooper's vines are trained for optimal ripeness and depth of flavour, the plantings arew trellised with a catching wire, which provides structure and stability, allowing the grapes to receive dappled light. Cabernet is harvested at a range of ripeness levels, Merlot is picked earlier. Parcels are treated to static fermenters, pumped over four times daily. Upon completion, batches are filled to a selection of mostly French oak hogsheads for a year and a half before the final assemblage.
Dense red in colour, with crimson hues. Plummy on the nose, exhuding aromas of intense fruit, predominantly violets and black currants with vanillin overtones. Powerful palate with excellent structure, sweetly scented oak and an integration of rich fruit within a wine of velvet textures, length and fine balance. The strength of Cabernet, the softness of Merlot and richness of Wrattonbully.
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