2018 Bella Luna Cabernet Merlot

Our first single vineyard Cabernet Merlot from our beloved Bella Luna Vineyard. A real treat.

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This is the first single vineyard Cabernet Merlot we have ever made coming solely from our home vineyard at O’Connell. When the fruit came in on the 25th of March, we were thrilled with the quality. We crushed and destemmed the fruit to an open, 1500 liter fermenter, for a 4 day cold soaking prior to the commencement of a spontaneous fermentation. The wine was then kept for 16 months in a mixture of one third new, and two thirds older French oak barriques.

The resultant wine is simultaneously showcasing phenomenal intensity and poise. On the nose, there is luscious black plum and mulberries, intertwined with a beguiling, vanilla, cinnamon and bay leaf. In the mouth there is pronounced savoury presence, evoking black olive carried by ripe black currant and cherry fruit. A fantastic wine that has a long life ahead of it.



Alcohol:          13.8 %

PH:                  3.47

Total made:     74 dozen

From the home vineyard at O’Connell between Bathurst and Oberon. An after-dinner biscuit meld of chocolate and mint. Yet, as is the wont at this address, the structural latticework is impeccably engineered; the tannins, detailed and ripe. The oak, smart. Verdant herb, bell pepper, a smear of black olive, cassis and bouquet garni. This will age very well, eventually sublimating the minty sweetness into something more nourishing and savoury. 94 points, Ned Goodwin (Halliday Wine Companion)