- 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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56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Merlot
Rack of lamb with all the trimmings.
Matured for seventeen months in oak barrels (97% French and 3% American) with 15% new French.
Medium-dark garnet with crimson-red hues.
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.
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.'
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.