Tasting Note

2010 ‘Cannonball’ Cabernet Sauvignon + Merlot + Petit Verdot

Varieties

49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot

Region

Wilyabrup, Margaret River, WA

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are often blended all around the world of wine. Petit Verdot is a near forgotten cog, a variety of such surreal potency that only a few percent in a blend ultimately change the style. We like it.

Each variety was sourced from a different vineyard within the Wilyabrup subregion of Margaret River. Each individual wine was impressive and stylish but the blend had something extra. The Cabernet Sauvignon provides focus, structure and concentrated blackberry and dried sage fruit. The Merlot added flesh, weight and succulence to the palate and a red fruit lift on the nose. The Petit Verdot has added a hint of floral aromatics, purple colour and firmed the end palate with fine powdery tannins. A muscular blend with many years ahead of it.

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