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Yarra Valley Cabernet Merlot 2017

St Huberts

Yarra Valley Cabernet Merlot 2017

St Huberts

Yarra Valley Cabernet Merlot 2017

Special Treat
RRP (750 mL)
$27.00
750 mL
$17.00
6 x 750 mL
$102.00

Overview

Overview

Hubert de Castella's passion for the Yarra Valley saw him establish St Huberts in 1862. By the late 1800s it had grown to be the largest estate in the area. The wines enjoyed immediate and on-going success at wine shows both domestically and abroad. The onset of the Great Depression, the increasing popularity of fortified wine and the emerging profitability of dairy farming saw the vineyard revert to grazing in the 1920s. It wasn't until the 1960s that the Yarra Valley again rose to prominence as a wine region and St Huberts was once again one of the pioneers.

The wine is medium bodied and balanced with a soft and fleshy mouth feel. Cassis, leaf, cedar and spice flavours follow on from the nose, and oak is very much in the back seat. 'If you are after a luncheon claret – this will hit the spot….'

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Vintage 2017
Country Australia
Region Yarra Valley
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 14%
Peak Drinking Now - 2023
Winemaker Greg Jarratt

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

The nose is quite complex with cassis, briary fruits, dark chocolate, and cedar. Dark fruits from the Merlot are evident, with Cabernet providing the classic leafy background note.

Flavours and Palate

The wine is medium bodied and balanced. The palate shows cassis, plum, cedar and earthy flavours. Restrained oak and soft but persistent tannins frame the wine nicely. A little more structure from a warm vintage.

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Beef
Pasta
Pizza

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

92 points Ned Goodwin

Ned Goodwin

"A flavourful, medium-bodied cabernet blend drawing on the currant of the mainstay, the plumminess of the merlot and a potpourri of herb-soused tannins, melded with coconut roughed oak. A bit trop, but plenty of effort in the mix."

Viticulture

Viticulture

Vintage Conditions

2016 was one of the warmest Yarra Valley vintages on record, leading to one of our earliest start dates for harvest. Yields were average to above average, and the warm conditions led to a “compressed” vintage with rapid ripening in all varieties.

For our Cabernet Merlot, fruit parcels are sourced primarily from vineyard sites on the warmer Yarra Valley flats, with a small portion of the Cabernet Franc for the 2016 vintage. Individual vineyard batches are fermented in a range of vessels to create a variety of flavour and tannin profiles. These parcels are then pressed off separately and racked into French oak to develop further depth and complexity. Merlot acts like 'flesh on the bones', to round the palate of the wine, and add succulent berry fruit notes to the nose.