Mount Barker ‘Back Vintage’ Cabernet Merlot 2016

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About The Wine:

This Mount Barker Back Vintage Cabernet Merlot 2016 is juicy and medium bodied with full fruit flavours and silky-smooth tannins. A magnificent back vintage cabernet merlot from Mount Barker.


Comments from Wine Buyer Steve:

This is a fantastic aged Cabernet Merlot from a very, very small family owned winery in the heart of the Mount Barker wine region. It is 75% Cabernet and 25% Merlot, so you really have a medium to full bodied Cabernet merlot. It is rich and full of dark berry flavours and smooth finish. It also spent 15 months in new French oak. An absolute beauty. My score 94/100 – WACC Gold Medal 


About The Producer:


The winery that produces this wine is a boutique winery located in Denmark on the south coast of Western Australia in the Great Southern wine region.

The winery is owned and operated by two families. The two wine makers are best mates and have held the reins of the winery since 2012. The brand was originally established in 2001 with a small vineyard holding in Manjimup with a focus on Shiraz and Cabernet. Since 2012 the boys have increased production and added several vineyards to the fruit resources as well as a range of wines.

With over 35 years of winemaking experience between them the boys are inseparable and hold similar beliefs in that great wines must come from great grapes. They adopt a mix of traditional and new world winemaking practices to ensure they respect the grape and its own unique characteristics.


What is Cabernet Merlot  

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are amongst the most popular red wine varieties in Australia and throughout the world. When blended together, they form a classic combination that is identified by breeding and distinction. According to a leading wine producer, the ideal blend of Cabernet Merlot is about 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.

The blend is identified by a deep black colour and a bouquet that resembles a touch of soft chocolate, dark plum and violets. Among wine aficionados, it is considered to be one of the classic varietal combinations in the world of wine.


About the region:

The Great Southern in Western Australia is the largest wine region in Australia by area and is the second-largest producer of grapes in Western Australia. It is a landscape of forested cliffs and stunning mountain ranges, breathtaking coastlines, rolling green pastures and towns steeped in history. It is made up of five subregions: Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup. 

The first vines were planted in the mid 1960s when a trial vineyard was established near Mount Barker. The original vines were Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, the Great Southern is well and truly in the spotlight on a national and international stage. There are now about 70 wineries in the area with main varieties consisting of Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. While most wine regions have their star varieties, due to the sheer size of Great Southern and its varied terrain, it has the capacity to produce world-class wines from a range of classic varieties.

Product Notes

Alcohol Content:
Serving Suggestions:
- 94/100 Points
Deep crimson with a purple hue.
Perfumed nose of dark berries and earthy savoury notes.
The palate is full of bramble fruits and earthy notes that are well supported by fine tannins.
Oak Treatment:
15 months in new and used French oak
Great Southern Western Australia.
Cellaring Potential:
Drinking well now - Good for cellaring until 2028. Stelvin Cap Closure.


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