Cellar Door Specials 2019 Nugan Estate Cookoothama Cabernet Merlot - Bordeaux blend - GOLD MEDAL WINE

2019 Nugan Estate Cookoothama Cabernet Merlot - Bordeaux blend - GOLD MEDAL WINE

2019 Nugan Estate Cookoothama Cabernet Merlot - Bordeaux blend - GOLD MEDAL WINE

This is a great food wine that is versatile enough to compliment a broad range of red meat dishes such as lamb, curries and full flavoured casseroles.

Nick Bulleid MW's Tasting Note

Background
The grapes for this flavoursome wine were grown on vineyards at Darlington Point in the Riverina. The growing season prior 2019 vintage was ideal, with generally mild conditions in Spring and a dry Summer. February remained warm and mostly dry ahead of harvest on 26th February (Merlot) and 26th March (Cabernet Sauvignon).

Given the different harvest dates, the grapes were processed separately. They were first destemmed. The whole berries were macerated for 48 hours at 10°C to extract colour and tannin. They were fermented at 24°C in small fermenters, the new wine remaining there after fermentation was complete for a further two day “skin soak” to stabilise colour. The skins were subsequently pressed and the wine matured in French hogsheads for 12 months.

Colour
Deep crimson purple.

Nose
Fragrant blackcurrant and blackberry – classic Cabernet. Subtle underlying gum-leaf.

Structure / Palate
Rich, dark berries in a full-bodied structure. Hints of dark chocolate. Well-tamed, fine Cabernet tannins.

This Cabernet Merlot bears regional similarities to its Shiraz partner, but the fruit characters are distinctive. This wine, too, is ready now and will gain more complexity into 2024.

Bottle Size 750mL
Bottle Closure Screwcap
Alcohol 14.0%
Cellaring Potential 2024
Serving Suggestion Broad range of red meat dishes
Unit Size Bottle
Vegan Yes
Food Suggestion Lamb, curries and full flavoured casseroles
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