2018 Redbrook Estate Cabernet Merlot
2018 Redbrook Estate Cabernet Merlot
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Vendor Evans & Tate

2018 Redbrook Estate Cabernet Merlot

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Regular price: $40.00
Club price: $35.00
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Why you'll love this wine 

A beautiful deep dive into Margaret River’s lauded red blend is well worth the experience, after an extraordinary vintage for the ages in the region. 

Senior winemaker Matt Byrne thinks grape growing is central to creating memorable wines. A philosophical perfect match to chief viticulturist John Fogarty’s meticulous management and fruit sourcing at our extensive vineyard blocks. The duo have raised the bar of our Cabernet-based red wines over the years. 

Their thirst and skill for making ultra-premium wine is evident as each new vintage gets bottled – the 2018 Evans & Tate Redbrook Estate Cabernet Merlot the latest example of this cohesion. 

This award-winning wine has numerous gold medals and a trophy at the 2021 Margaret River Wine Show for Best Cabernet Blend, and it’s easy to see why.

Subtle oak integration adds lovely spice to a palate of blueberry and menthol, with violet perfumes. Soft and balanced, this no-fuss Cabernet is really smooth, very approachable and already quite elegant.

Tasting Notes

colour

Rich purple-red with a vibrant purple rim. 

aroma

Distinctly Margaret River; driven by pure Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of blackberry, plum, bay leaf and a touch of black olive.  

palate

The Merlot fruit, and a small splash of Malbec, add texture, balance, length and a luxurious fragrance to create a seamless, uniquely Margaret River red.  

cellaring

Will show youthful, perfumed notes with fresh fruit flavours upon release. For those after additional complexity and softness, three or more years of bottle age is suggested. 

Technical

vintage

The 2018 vintage was an extraordinary one in Margaret River, with wet winter months followed by a warm spring to promote budburst and a dry early summer perfect for fruit set. Isolated heavy rain then swelled the fruit, with a beautiful late summer of warm days and cool nights; ideal conditions for accentuating the flavour, ripeness and acid balance of the grapes.

winemaking

Pre-ferment cold soak maceration for three days on the Cabernet Sauvignon and five days for the other varieties. The Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec all fermented in open-top fermenters. Ten-day ferment for the Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, and seven days for the Merlot and Cabernet Franc. 100% French oak used across the board with 15% new. 500L puncheons used for the Merlot and Cabernet Franc (both matured for 12 months) and 300L hogsheads for the Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon (both matured for 15 months). Highest proportions of Cabernet Franc and Malbec ever used in this blend due to the vintage and to achieve house style.

region

Margaret River

varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Malbec
Cabernet Franc

analysis

  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • pH: 3.53
  • TA: 6.34

Food Pairings

Rosemary-infused lamb shank casserole with soft polenta.

Awards

Sydney Royal Wine Show 2021

 

The Jones, Steains & Waller Perpetual Trophy for Best Cabernet or Shiraz Dominant Blend

Margaret River Wine Show 2021

 

Best Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Margaret River Wine Show 2020

Best Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

wine show of western australia 2021

Royal Queensland Wine Show 2021

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Reviews

Halliday wine companion 2022

Matured in large- and medium-format French oak (15% new) for up to 15 months. 2018 saw the most cabernet franc and malbec ever included in this wine, alongside the cabernet sauvignon and merlot. And to good effect! This is a cracker. Succulent red fruits on the palate, backed by salty spice and a frankly slinky texture. The tannins are shapely and seductive. The whole package is hugely impressive. But not surprising: The Redbrook range of wines rock.

95 Points 95

ray jordan, top 100 reds 2021

Wonderful classically defined cabernet merlot from this excellent vintage. Fragrant blackcurrant with a lift of cedar and bay leaf before the cabernet minerally oyster shell character cuts in. Tightly held focused palate is very long.

95 Points 95

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Filter Reviews:
04/04/2022
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Albert P.
Australia

Excellent

Exactly what I'd expect from the crew at E&T, quality wine. Excellent.

03/10/2021
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Tony W.
Australia Australia

Good value, well balanced wine

Great colour, lovely nose, terrific mid weight palette, great fruit with subtle tannins and longish finish, all you need for a well balanced wine, drinking well now but will cellar medium term, I’ve bought more!

04/08/2021
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Steve
Australia Australia

Incredible

Had this at the cellar door recently and loved how it tasted. Brought some home to cellar for a few years.

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