St Huberts Yarra Valley Cabernet Merlot (6-pack) 2014
  • Rated 95 points by James Halliday
  • Majestic medium bodied wine
  • Elegant and refined

St Huberts Yarra Valley Cabernet Merlot (6-pack) 2014 x6

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"Bright crimson; the low yield of the vintage has underwritten the intensity of the wine without diminishing its elegance and poise; cassis fruit is the white stallion charging through the vinous landscape, supple tannins and subtle French oak in close attendance. A wine that stands out the moment you taste it." 95 points, James Halliday Wine Companion, August 2016.

Wine Region

YARRA VALLEY

Drink Until

2034

Varieties

56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Merlot

Alcohol

13.2%

Foods

Rack of lamb with all the trimmings.

Oak

Matured for seventeen months in oak barrels (97% French and 3% American) with 15% new French.

Colour

Medium-dark garnet with crimson-red hues.

Nose

The nose is inviting, with lifted blueberries, black currants and briary fruit. Upper Yarra Merlot gives a hint of black olive and star anise, and the Yarra Cabernet, herb and leafy undertones.

Palate

The wine is medium bodied and balanced with a soft and fleshy mouth feel. Cassis, leaf, cedar and spice flavours follow on from the nose, and oak is very much in the back seat. The ripe - powdery tannins are evident and restrained. 'If you are after a luncheon claret - this will hit the spot.'

Background

2014 was a warm and dry Yarra Valley vintage, slightly cooler overall than the two preceding years. Yields were very low, due to cold, wet and windy conditions in spring during flowering in the vineyard. For our Cabernet Merlot fruit parcels are sourced primarily from vineyard sites on the warmer Yarra Valley flats, with a portion of the Merlot from the Upper Yarra. Individual vineyard parcels are fermented in a range of vessels to create a variety of flavour and tannin profiles. These parcels are then pressed off separately and racked into predominately French oak to develop further depth and complexity. Merlot acts like 'flesh on the bones', to round the palate of the wine, and add succulent berry fruit notes to the nose.

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