Evans & Tate Classic Cabernet Merlot 2015
Price: VND 495.000 / bottle
Brand: Evans & Tate
Product Series: Evans & Tate Classic
Liquor Style: Red wine
Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Current Vintage: 2015
Alcohol Volume: 14.5%
Vineyard Region: Margaret River
A very distinct vintage - the dry, warm spring and summer meant it was tracking early but a tropical rain event on 19-January saw 50-70mm fall across the region which pushed back harvest dates slightly. The reds (especially Cabernet and Merlot) very much appreciated this rainfall.
Overall, the reds and especially Cabernet, look exceptional with higher yields than in 2014 meaning better vine balance and rate of ripening, smaller bunches and some of the smallest berry sizes we had seen for many years.
Great thick skins and flavour concentration also – it may be a Cabernet vintage that will last for many years in the Cellar.
The grapes were picked mid-morning in late March at the ideal temperature for the onset of fermentation. The grapes were then fermented in static fermenters at 22-26C and pumped over three times daily during this period.
After fermentation had ceased, select parcels were held in a tank for a further 2-10 days to achieve the ideal structure and balance in the end wine. The wine was then matured on 12% new French oak for 10 months and racked monthly during this period.
Following maturation, the wine was carefully blended and gently fined with fresh, local free-range egg whites prior to a final, single filtration and bottled under a screw cap to ensure freshness and consistency.
Deep purple, red in colur with a dark purple rim.
Bold redcurrant and cranberry notes with a touch of dried herbs.
Supple fruit core of redcurrant and cranberry notes and a touch of dried herbs with a lovely plum mid palate thanks to the contribution of the merlot. Medium bodied but with great flavour length and overall balance.
Peak drinking 2018-2020.
Thyme infused mushroom risotto
It’s not often that we write the words rice and cabernet merlot in the same sentence, but when it works, who are we to judge? Arborio is not just about weight and texture, it is also about its capacity to absorb and transfer the flavours around it.
The earthiness of the mushroom creates a sense of depth in the dish in the same manner that the cabernet does for the wine. The peripheral presence of thyme and parmesan provide an added dimension that works hand in hand with the fine grained tannins of the merlot.
For lack of a better descriptor, this new classic combination is “meat for vegetarians”.