Angel’s Gate Cabernet-Merlot 2018
Cabernet Merlot is one of the world’s most common blends. It is typically a blend of one or both of the Cabernet grapes as well as Merlot. In our example we are using Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The Cabernet creates the skeletal structure of the wine, while the Merlot offers elegance. From a winemaker perspective this type of blend is exciting to make, as it is often done solely by nose. Each varietal is monitored and tasted regularly, to allow the fruit to express itself. When the individual wines are close to maturity the winemaker begins selection of specific barrels and proportions for the blend based on the final style of wine that is required. This process takes several months to complete.
The final wine is truly a robust blend of these classic varietals. When the wine is freshly opened it shows aromas of cherry, fig and cedar. Once it has had time to breath, it demonstrates characters of red currant, blackberry, earth and cigar box, followed by subtle undertones of stewed fruits, mulling spices and green peppercorn. The palate is warm with good structure, yet not overwhelming in tannins, followed by a dry finish.
Cabernet Merlot is best served with fine cuts of meat or full flavoured fish. It may also be paired with rich pasta dishes and aged cheeses. Only 2g/litre residual sugars!