Tasting Note

2010 ‘Calypso’ Cabernet Franc + Merlot

Varieties

56% Cabernet Franc, 44% Merlot

Region

Wilyabrup, Margaret River, WA

Cabernet Franc and Merlot are often maligned from Margaret River as not being quite as good, nor as consistent as Cabernet Sauvignon. Both stars in their home of Bordeaux neither seem to have travelled as well as the stunning Cabernet Sauvignon. Genetics, rootstocks, viruses, poor site selection; these have all played a part in the lesser performance, perceived and actual, of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. However there are sites where the stars do align and grapes of great intensity and complexity are grown. We were seduced by the possibilities of this blend.

We sourced Cabernet Franc from 2 vineyards and Merlot from a single vineyard. The Calypso has lifted dried herb, mocha, fruitcake and red berry aromas with some cedary oak in support. The palate is warm, supple and rich with many layers of fruit, tannin and aromatics. The perfumed Cabernet Franc complements the plummy richness of the Merlot and both contribute the silky finish.

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