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Wolfensberger Cabernet Merlot
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Wolfensberger Cabernet Merlot

McLaren Vale, Australian Domaine Wines, 2011

750 ml
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Producer: Australian Domaine Wines
Origin: Australia / South Australia / McLaren Vale
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Article nr. 52066711
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Producer: Australian Domaine Wines
Origin: Australia / South Australia / McLaren Vale

Description

An exciting, wonderfully ripe Australian cuvée with an intense bouquet of dried plums, dates, black cherries, withered roses and lavender. A fine mineral note accompanies the scent of forest soil, dried herbs and tobacco. On the palate, it is just as complex in its aromas, well-structured with polished tannins and a refreshing acidity. We recommend that you briefly put the wine in a carafe before enjoying it. Cheers!

Attributes

Origin: Australia / South Australia / McLaren Vale
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Maturity: 2 to 10 years
Serving temperature: 16 to 18 °C
Drinking suggestion: Goulash, boeuf bourguignon, Saddle of lamb fillet with herb jus, Wild specialities, Risotto with ceps
Vinification: long must fermentation, fermentation at low temperatures
Harvest: hand-picking, strict selection
Maturation: in used barriques
Maturation duration: 20 months
Volume: 14.0 %
Countries

Australia

Australia – A rapid rise to the international elite.

Australia, separated from the other continents by oceans for roughly 50 million years, has almost two hundred years of viticulture history. For a long time, Australians pressed their wines for their own use, with simple, undemanding vines. But later the country began to specialize in classic, European varieties. And with great success –Australian wines today enjoy great prestige and are consumed worldwide..

Regions

South Australia

South Australia: Shiraz as a driving force

South Australia, with the Barossa Valley as the most well-known cultivation area and the city of Adelaide as a wine metropolis, is without a doubt the centre of the Australian wine economy. The wines produced here have brought the Shiraz from “down under” worldwide recognition. They are fully concentrated wines with dark-berried cassis fruit and masterfully supportive oak wood spices. But Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Riesling play more than just a supporting role.

Subregions

McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale: Fruit abundance, paired with elegance

Just 35 kilometres south of Adelaide city centre, a seemingly Mediterranean wine and culinary scene has established itself. In addition to wine, olive oil, cheese and other gourmet products are produced in McLaren Vale. In a Mediterranean climate, full-fruited Shiraz vines are grown in sparse soils. But Chardonnay and many specialties also succeed exquisitely. Viticulture here is steeped in history more than anywhere else in South Australia. The first vines were already planted here by 1838.

Grape varieties

Merlot

Everybody’s darling

Merlot is the most charming member of the Bordeaux family. It shines with rich colour, fragrant fullness, velvety tannins and sweet, plummy fruit. It even makes itself easy for the vintner, as it matures without issue in cool years as well. This is in contrast to the stricter Cabernet Sauvignon, which it complements as a blending partner. Its good qualities have made the Merlot famous worldwide. At over 100,000 hectares, it is the most-planted grape in France. It also covers large areas in California, Italy, Australia and recently in Eastern Europe. The only catch is that pure Merlot varieties rarely turn out well. Its charm is often associated with a lack of substance. Only the best specimens improve with maturity. They then develop complex notes of leather and truffles. This succeeds in the top wines from the Bordeaux appellation of Pomerol and those from Ticino, among others.

Cabernet Sauvignon

The backbone of Bordeaux

The Cabernet Sauvignon gives the Bordeaux its backbone, yielding deep violet wines with powerful tannins and endless ripening potential. It is the top dog in Médoc, and is placed in all five premier crus of Bordelais. When young, it often appears strict and unapproachable, but with advancing years, its tannins round off. It is wonderfully velvety, and yet always maintains its freshness. Typical flavours include cassis, graphite and cedar. Wherever Cabernet Sauvignon is found, Merlot is not far away. It complements the robust structure of Cabernet with softness, fruit and richness. The Cabernet Sauvignon is the most-exported vine in the world. It delivers persuasive qualities in Italy as an ingredient of the Super Tuscan, or as the flagship variety from California. There, it is lovingly titled “Cab Sauv”. Meat fans should be aware that it fantastically accompanies a grilled entrecôte. The family tree of Cabernet Sauvignon is surprising: its parents are Cabernet Franc and the white Sauvignon blanc.

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