Cabernet Merlot is one of the world’s most common blends. It is typically a blend of one or both of the Cabernet grapes as well as Merlot. In our example we are using Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The Cabernet creates the skeletal structure of the wine, while the Merlot offers elegance. From a winemaker perspective this type of blend is exciting to make, as it is often done solely by nose. Each varietal is monitored and tasted regularly, to allow the fruit to express itself. When the individual wines are close to maturity the winemaker begins selection of specific barrels and proportions for the blend based on the final style of wine that is required. This process takes several months to complete.
The final wine is truly a robust blend of these classic varietals. When the wine is freshly opened it shows aromas of cherry, fig and cedar. Once it has had time to breath, it demonstrates characters of red currant, blackberry, earth and cigar box, followed by subtle undertones of stewed fruits, mulling spices and green peppercorn. The palate is warm with good structure, yet not overwhelming in tannins, followed by a dry finish.
Cabernet Merlot is best served with fine cuts of meat or full flavoured fish. It may also be paired with rich pasta dishes and aged cheeses.
|Varietal:||Cabernet Franc 60% / Merlot 40%|
|Vineyard:||Estate Vineyard, KEW Vineyard|
|Aging Process:||Barrel Aged French Oak 16 Months|
Our Mountainview Cabernet Franc is a blockbuster. The nose is jammed with currents, black berry, dark cherry and a hint of smoke. The oak treatment includes more than 14 months in French oak as well as the addition of appassimento fruit to increase the mouth-feel. This wine is rich and complex making it perfect for the cellar.
We enjoy pairing this Cabernet Franc with red meat, game or other full flavour dishes.
|Aging Method:||French Oak|
Bin 95, a limited edition wine, was hand selected for quality fruit. Made in the appassimento-style, the grapes were dried for 80 days before crushing and fermentation. Three weeks after fermentation, the wine was drained from the skins and current vintage wine was added to the skins for further maturation and extraction. This wine is a blend of these two components which enhances the fruit characteristics and produces a wine of exceptional body and complexity. 65% Cabernet Franc Appassimento and 35% Shiraz. Matured for 24 month in 600L barrels.
|Varietal:||Cabernet Franc, Shiraz|
|Aging Method:||Barrel aged in French oak for 24 months|
Our Mountainview Merlot has an intense nose of cherry, raspberry, and black plum. The oak treatment is subtle giving the terroir the opportunity to express itself while the addition of appassimento Merlot only adds to the characteristic to the wine.
We enjoy pairing this Merlot with mushroom dishes, red meat, pork loin or wood oven pizza.
|Aging Method:||French Oak|
Our Mountainview Pinot Noir has a complex nose with notes of cherry, raspberry, nutmeg and licorice. The oak treatment is subtle giving the terroir the opportunity to express itself, yet adds a spice and toasty characteristic to the wine. This is a Pinot Noir that can be savoured and enjoyed over the course of an evening.
We enjoy pairing this Pinot Noir with pan seared Muscovy Duck breast and duck fat roasted fingerling potatoes. It also pairs beautifully with a baked brie.
|Aging Method:||Barrel aged in French oak for 14 months|