Sunday, 29 July 2012

M's wine review - Amelia Park Cabernet Merlot 2010

Certainly a rare find in mainstream bottle shops, this wine is produced by a smaller boutique producer from Margaret River. The winery produces a variety of different wines with a focus on higher end wines for restaurants and gourmet or boutique wine retailers.

I like a cabernet merlot. These wines are easy to drink as a result of merlot having a slightly higher sugar content and lower acidity than shiraz or cabernet grapes; with the cabernet adding more dominant tannins and fruit flavour. Both combined make a fantastic wine, usually resulting in a smooth easy to drink drop! I recently reviewed the Vasse Felix Cabernet Merlot 2008 which was fantastic!

I picked the Amelia Park wine simply because it had an interesting looking label, a good review and what seemed a fair price. What did I find? A fantastic high quality example of what a delicious cabernet merlot should taste like!

If opening now, give it a good 15-30min to oxidise and warm up, it needs it. I tried a little straight up but it was a little harsh, needing just that little bit of time. However, after a few minutes, wow! What a delicious wine, fruit, fruit and more fruit, some oak, velvety smooth flavour and it just makes you come back for more. The palette is certainly elegant, rich with some hints of pepper (Kate's opinion - I didn't think it was too spicy/peppery).

There are some great reviews out there of this wine, it's also one for the cellar, the winery recommends cellaring anywhere up to 10 years (it certainly has enough structure and guts to get it there). I have one more left and I'm looking forward to it in the next couple of years!

Price range $24-30

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