2010 Amelia Park Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Margaret River Western Australia

SKU #1112018 94 points James Halliday

 Good colour; a serious yet elegant, medium-bodied cabernet merlot, perfectly framed and balanced, the blend wholly synergistic and seamless. After a year in French oak, it will loosen up nicely over the next few years, and go on from there.  (9/ 2011)

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Here in the southwestern corner of Western Australia, the warm maritime climate and gravel and sandy loam soils make ideal conditions for the production of intense and structured wines from Bordeaux varietals. The 2010 Amelia Park Cabernet-Merlot is made from fruit sourced from vineyards in Wilyabrup and Karridale in order to combine the characteristics of richness and power of the former with the elegance and finesse of the latter to yield a wine that balances the best of both. The nose offers a lovely perfume of blackcurrants and violets, followed by a velvety palate offering layers of ripe cherry and plum fruit flavors, accented by vanilla and spices. Aged for one year in French oak, this is will improve over the next 3-5 years in bottle and drink well through the decade.

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/2/2014  | Send Email
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Probably in my top three $20 Cabs in the store from any region. Pure blackcurrant, cassis, crushed mint and a touch of toasty oak. Full bodied, rich, ripe tannins but with enough grip to draw out the length on the palate and make it a formidable opponent to a big hunk of red meat. Try this, you won't regret it.
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By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/24/2013  | Send Email
I thought the Mishmash Cabernet form these folks was terrifically impressive for under $15 (and still do). But when I tasted this, for under $20, I was blown away. It has a lovely nose, with classic Cabernet spice and a bit of the softer rounder profiles from the 25% Merlot in the blend. Nicely reserved, with clean and balanced fruit, adn delicious length on the finish. Bravo!

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5