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2016 Crawford River Cabernet Merlot

Henty, VIC

Excellent value BDX blend from a great family-owned Victorian producer.

$35.00

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About The Wine

A classic varietal pairing here from the much-heralded Crawford River estate.

Cabernet does exceedingly well in this part of Henty, with the structure and density to age many years before it reaches its peak. The addition of Merlot to this blend by winemaker Belinda Thomson sees that Cabernet become a fraction more loveable in its youth. She's done a very good job with this release.

It's an easy wine to like, and indeed love. Plenty of ripe, open fruit character, the typical tobacco and leafy notes that show in these varieties placed front and cetre. It's a wine for now, or for some years down the track, depending on your preference.

About The Producer

Crawford River is very much a family operation. The talented Thomson clan have been producing wine from their beautiful home vineyard since 1985.

The Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc thrive on the estate, but it's Riesling that they are most famous for.

They produce a range of styles of varying ages that are outstanding. Many consider them as one of the country's premier producers of the noble variety.

These are wines of purity and elegance. Small-batch, family-owned, traditional winemaking and good, honest farming is at the core of everything Crawford River does.

Belinda and John Thomson
Belinda and John Thomson
Henty, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

This wine was destemmed only into open fermenters and cold soaked for about 1 week. Partially (there was more than 1 fermenter) inoculated with neutral PDM yeast and hand plunged throughout fermentation. Pressed and racked to tank to undergo Malolactic fermentation prior to being barrelled to 100% French Oak, comprising less than 15% new oak. It spent 12 months in this wood prior to blending to tank. Settling for 2 months and bottled in October 2017. Not fined with any agent. No added acid. Filtered prior to bottling.

Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
ABV : 14.0%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

"Serious concentration of both fruit and tannin is evident in the wines of 2016, due in part to the unusually dry conditions. Cassis, blood plum and dark chocolate are all front runners here. These follow to the palate and together with some allspice, red fruits and liquorice conspire to form a delicious, balanced and approachable drink. Fine fruit tannins sit alongside more structured, judiciously balanced French Oak tannins, helping shape the palate. Fine, natural acidity helps pull all these elements together and solidify its length. Terrific drinking now, but will no doubt enjoy cellaring as our wines often do." - Belinda Thomson, winemaker

94Points
The Wine Front

"Sweet blackcurrant and blackberry, dark raspberry, new leather and a bit of truffle, pencils and violet. It’s medium-bodied, fluid and lithe, yet deep in fruit, graphite tannin, succulence, perhaps a little mint and tobacco leafiness, and a long cool finish packed with tightly-knit fine chalky tannin. Really like this." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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