Brunswick Wine Shop | 16 Sparta Place Brunswick
Fairbank Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2008
Regular price $24.00
"Dark carmine red, with purple nuances, good limpidity
Very good intensity, with fruity notes dominating (ripe blackcurrant, cranberry), followed by some empyreumatic notes (toasted wood), refreshed by a hint of eucalyptus. The nose keeps evolving with some meaty nuances (fresh meat) and more fruit with a combined sensation of fresh and cooked fruit.
Soft attack, then the texture of the wine is immediately perceptible, showing the texture of fine tannins in their youth, a touch of bitterness completing the savoury taste, well balanced by integrated acidity. The aromatics are mostly present with the fruity character seen in the nose. The length is supported by the tannins and fresh aromas.
Still in its youth, this concentrated wine retains all the element of finesse that cabernet at lower alcohol can show. From a great vintage with low yields, a smaller percentage of merlot leave place to the powerful cabernet, dominating the blend here. This wine will benefit from cellaring a few years, but can be decanted now to match some fine meat, probably more in the beef category." -- Gilles Lapalus, Winemaker Sutton Grange Winery.