Flametree Cabernet Merlot 2014 (Margaret River, Western Australia) "...blackberry, cassis, chocolate...
Because the fruit was picked so clean we were able to tip individual parcels directly into open fermenters without putting the fruit through a traditional crusher de-stemmer. A portion of the fruit was also placed in static fermenters and left on skins for extended maceration. After a few days soaking on skins the wild ferment kicked in and we started plunging and doing juice pump-overs for subtle tannin extraction. All open pots were wild fermented as to obtain greater complexity and texture in the final blend. Ferment temperatures were maintained around 25-28°C. After skin contact and inoculation for MLF the batches were pressed and transferred into new and used French oak barrels for maturation. Extended barrel maturation softens the wines and provides added complexity and structure. After 12-14 months in 33% new French oak the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot was blended, lightly egg white fined and bottled.
The nose is typically aromatic; showing blackberry, cassis and red currants, with rich chocolate and cocoa notes. The palate shows ripe, fleshy varietal characters consistent with the warmer 2014 vintage, finishing with fine, chocolatey, slippery tannins. The varieties meld together seamlessly. Cabernet provides fragrance and structure; Merlot adds mid-palate weight and some lovely earthy notes; Malbec provides further flesh on the palate as well as ripe, sweet tannins; whilst Petit Verdot adds dark fruits and a balanced, dry finish. The oak is well integrated, lifting the fruit and completing the tannins. This is classic Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot from a wonderful vintage, sure to provide great drinking pleasure on release or improve with cellaring for up to 10 years.
AWARDS / REVIEWS
- 94 Points - Special Value Star - James Halliday Wine Companion 2018
- 94 Points - Ray Jordan, Top 100 Reds 2017
- Silver - Wine Show of WA 2016 Mount Barker
- Silver - Perth Royal Wine Show 2016
- 92 Points, Silver - Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2016
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 13.5% Malbec & 1.5% Petit Verdot.
"This has become such a reliable performer it’s almost into ‘go to’ territory, even at the price.This release loads up with fruit but doesn’t leave the structure wanting. It’s a ‘fine wine’ first, a crowd pleaser second. Black olives, briary herbs, plenty of blackcurrant/redcurrant and the silk of melted dark chocolate. Gumleaf notes add lift. There’s a trace of bitterness to the aftertaste but extra time in bottle will smooth this over. Will perform well over the medium term and longer."- 93+ Pts, Winefront