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Franklin Tate Estate Cabernet/Merlot

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Franklin Tate Estate Cabernet/Merlot

Margaret River
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94% Cabernet Sauvignon
6% Merlot

Winemaking notes
The Cabernet and Merlot fruit for this wine was harvested in the cool of the night. Following crushing the fruit was fermented in a combination of open fermenters and sweeper arm fermenters. Just prior to completion of primary fermentation a portion ofthe wine was pressed and subsequently inoculated for Malo-lactic fermentation (MLF). Completion of the primary ferment and MLF was in predominately French Oak. The balance of the wine underwent extended maceration and spontaneous MLF before transferred to French barriques. After 14 months maturation, the wine was blended and lightly egg white fine fined before being bottled.

Tasting Note
This wine is a classic varietal example of Margaret River Cabernet, displaying some leafy edges with bright cassis berry fruit. The Merlot contributes plumy richness to thenose, with hints of spicy vanilla oak. The palate of this wine is softly textured and elegant. The Merlot contributes to the structure with soft mouth filling tannins. Complex aromas lead onto the palate, resulting in a flavoursome, balanced wine with a spicy oak finish.

Serving Suggestions
Medium rare Scoth Fillet, on a bed of mash with spring fresh asparagus spears.

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