Monday 19 October 2015

Apple Tree Flat 2013 Cabernet Merlot - NSW Central Ranges

CABERNET Merlot is one of the great varietal
combinations, and this new player
on the market is well worth trying.

David Ellis

PETER Logan has added a Cabernet Merlot to his portfolio of Apple Tree Flat wines from the Mudgee area in the high elevation Central Ranges of NSW, the latest maker to turn to this increasingly popular blend that many consider to be one of the great varietal combinations.

Although he's been making a very more-ish Merlot for some time, its Peter's first use of Cabernet Sauvignon and he certainly hit pay-dirt with this first harvest as it came from the 2013 vintage – and that was one of the most sensational in Mudgee for many years.

Those who enjoy Cabernet Merlot will find this a really rich, mouth-filling blend while still being medium bodied, the palate reflecting the roughly equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the blend, and all about flavours of rich dark blueberries and raspberries, dark chocolate, thyme and a fresh earthiness.

At just $13 it's an excellent and well-priced drop to put on the table with a lamb roast.

 for week beginning 19 October 2015

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