2021 Expressions Smooth Operator Cabernet Merlot
Vendor Evans & Tate

2021 Expressions Smooth Operator Cabernet Merlot

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Tasting Notes


Vibrant, deep purple-red with an inky black heart. 


Unmistakably Cabernet Merlot from Margaret River, with lovely purity and intensely varietal characters of blood plums, violets and bay leaf driving the nose.  


The palate is elegant with fine, smooth tannins and a richly flavoured core of sweet fruit. The finish is soft, long and effortless; typical of this esteemed blend from Margaret River.


Drinking beautifully now and over the next three to five years. 



The 2021 vintage in Margaret River produced very fine, refined wines. It was cool and wet in parts, with the best vineyards producing distinctly medium-bodied wines with great poise and silky tannins.


Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot was sourced from the central and northern parts of Margaret River. The vineyards were chosen on their ability to consistently produce a wine with intense colour, ripe fruit flavours and a fine, silken tannin profile.

The Merlot fruit was picked between midnight and early morning to ensure it reached the winery as cold as possible. The fruit was then gently destemmed and transferred to a fermenter where it was held cold for 3-4 days prior to fermentation.

The Cabernet was left on skins post-fermentation for 7-10 days before being pressed to tank. The wine was left to settle before being racked off yeast lees to barrel.

8% of the Cabernet was matured in new French oak hogsheads, with the balance of the Cabernet and 100% of the Merlot being matured in 1- to 5-year-old French oak hogsheads and barriques for 10 to 16 months. The wine was minimally handled by being blended in tank with no fining required, before being filtered once and matured in bottle prior to release.


Margaret River


Cabernet Sauvignon



  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • pH: 3.45
  • TA: 6.16 g/L
  • Vegan friendly

Food Pairings

Barbequed meats & gourmet sausages with a zesty potato salad and slaw. 

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