McPherson Family Series Cabernet Merlot 2013
Region: South Eastern Australia
Varietal: Cabernet 60% Merlot 40%
Best Consumed: now - 2017
Cellaring: medium term
This wine is a dense inky-purple colour with an enticing nose displaying aromas of ripe blackberries and cassis with a slight hint of capsicum. The palate is elegantly structured with fruit intensity, integrated spicy oak and above all, finesse.
The highly anticipated 2013 vintage has produced some excellent wines with beautiful balance and length of flavour. The harvest was short and fast with whites and reds ripening early in the season, and good Autumnal weather to follow. Overall the quality is remarkable and the resulting wines will live on for many years to come.
Wine Harvest Notes
The grapes for this Cabernet Merlot were picked and crushed during the cool of night, thus ensuring the retention of varietal character, while modern winemaking techniques were employed throughout, all of which help to create the signature McPherson style. Fermentation took place in sweeping arm red fermenters, giving the wine a denser, richer colour and allowing for gentle flavour extraction. Softer tannins are also a result of this process, an important feature of the McPherson Cabernet Merlot style. Oak for this wine was predominantly French oak and this wine was aged on oak for approximately 8 months, giving the wine a noticeable, but not an excessive oak influence.
A classic partner for grilled rib eye served with a pepper sauce. McPherson Cabernet Merlot also pairs well with rich tomato based pasta dishes.