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Yarra Valley Cabernet Merlot 2017

Yarra Valley Cabernet Merlot 2017

Yarra Valley Cabernet Merlot 2017

RRP (750 mL)
$27.00
750 mL
$18.00
6 x 750 mL
$108.00

Overview

Overview

Hubert de Castella's passion for the Yarra Valley saw him establish St Huberts in 1862. By the late 1800s it had grown to be the largest estate in the area. The wines enjoyed immediate and on-going success at wine shows both domestically and abroad. The onset of the Great Depression, the increasing popularity of fortified wine and the emerging profitability of dairy farming saw the vineyard revert to grazing in the 1920s. It wasn't until the 1960s that the Yarra Valley again rose to prominence as a wine region and St Huberts was once again one of the pioneers.

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. 'If you are after a luncheon claret – this will hit the spot….'

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Vintage 2017
Country Australia
Region Yarra Valley
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 14%
Peak Drinking Now - 2023
Winemaker Greg Jarratt

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

92 points Ned Goodwin

Ned Goodwin

"A flavourful, medium-bodied cabernet blend drawing on the currant of the mainstay, the plumminess of the merlot and a potpourri of herb-soused tannins, melded with coconut roughed oak. A bit trop, but plenty of effort in the mix."

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Beef
Pasta
Pizza

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

The nose is quite complex with cassis, briary fruits, dark chocolate, and cedar. Dark fruits from the Merlot are evident, with Cabernet providing the classic leafy background note.

Flavours and Palate

The wine is medium bodied and balanced. The palate shows cassis, plum, cedar and earthy flavours. Restrained oak and soft but persistent tannins frame the wine nicely. A little more structure from a warm vintage.

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Yarra Valley, Victoria

Cooler than Bordeaux yet warmer than Burgundy, picturesque Yarra Valley is one of Australia's foremost cool-climate wine regions. An easy one-hour’s drive from Melbourne, the area is home to more than 80 cellar doors. In addition to the huge range of wineries, the area boasts superb contemporary restaurants, authentic rustic farms - and luxury overnight accommodation if the sightseeing gets too much! The fertile Yarra Valley soils produce famously elegant and textured Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Vintage Conditions

2016 was one of the warmest Yarra Valley vintages on record, leading to one of our earliest start dates for harvest. Yields were average to above average, and the warm conditions led to a “compressed” vintage with rapid ripening in all varieties.

For our Cabernet Merlot, fruit parcels are sourced primarily from vineyard sites on the warmer Yarra Valley flats, with a small portion of the Cabernet Franc for the 2016 vintage. Individual vineyard batches 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 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.

Greg Jarratt - Winemaker

Greg is a natural DIYer who relishes the challenge of making things. Whether it involves soldering jewellery, or making award-winning St Huberts Cabernet, Greg is very creative and hands on.
Following a Bachelor of Applied Science in Wine at Charles Sturt University and vintage work around Australia and in Bordeaux, Greg was appointed Assistant Winemaker and Cellar Hand at Coldstream Hills in the Yarra Valley in 1995. During his three-year tenure, Greg went back to Bordeaux in 1996 and then Languedoc-Roussillon working for La Perouse wines in 1997. In 1998, he moved to the Hunter Valley and made wines for Lindeman’s, Tulloch and Hungerford Hill. Nonetheless he had developed a taste for the Yarra Valley, so in 2001 Greg returned to Coldstream Hills and in 2006 was appointed Winemaker of St Huberts. Greg is a Len Evans Tutorial scholar, and has been an Associate Judge and Judge at wine shows including the Canberra National Wine Show and the Royal Sydney & Melbourne Wine Shows.