Chrismont Cabernet Merlot 2010

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot King Valley Victoria
Just like a scene out of the old world, you can see happy families amongst the picturesque landscape of King Valley, tending vines and sampling grapes. The annual Dolce Vita festival in November brings everyone together for a fantastic jubilee of events. Merlot grows magnificently here, under climes very similiar to the undulating hillsides of Piemonte, home of the super Tuscans. Harvests of Cabernet Sauvignon with rich bramble favours and brisk tannins are joined by the pick of the Chrismont Merlot for a delicious, plummy wine to accompany all good faire.
Parcels of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are harvested throughout the cool of night from Chrismont's splendid King Valley vineyards and treated to a pre-ferment cold soak maceration. The crushed musts are inoculated with choice yeasts and vinified in controlled fermenters at temperatures peaking to 25C. Components are given a fortnight on skins for optimal extraction of good colour and tannin. The wines are aged in a selection of seasoned and new American oak barriques for up to a year before the final assemblage and bottling. Alcohol 13.5%
Deep red black colour with crimson hues. A touch of soft chocolate, dark plum and violets with a hint of confectionary and background cedar. Dark fruit richness of Cabernet blackcurrant and mulberry, followed by the velvety, plumy texture of Merlot. A rich, ripe weighty palate in excellent balance over fine grain, dry tannins and an intense, rounded and persistent finish. Enjoy with duck breast, rissoles or lamb.
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