Reserve Merriman Cabernet Sauvignon
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Canberra District, New South Wales
An intense nose of dried black currant, cinnamon, boysenberry and fresh blueberries. The palate is spicy and delicate with subtle cedary tannins and a lovely velvety finish.
Our Reserve label is based on the ‘best of the best’ concept using our best performing varieties. Graeme and his winemaking team have selectively picked the finest parcels of fruit direct from the estate vineyard to craft the limited production Reserve range.
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Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon in Show
NSW Wine Awards 2021
NSW Wine Awards 2021
Cairns Show Wine Awards 2021
Vienna International Wine Show 2022
James Halliday Cabernet Challenge 2022
Decanter World Wine Awards 2022
Judges Comments - Decanter World Wine Awards London, June 2022
An impressively deep nose of Christmas spices and red/black fruits. Very well defined, rich blackcurrant and bramble on the palate, this is a delightful and precisely balanced wine. Silver Medal.
Christine Salins. March 2022
Many people are unaware that Canberra produces some fine Cabernet. At an elevation of around 640 metres, the estate has a few sites with perfect microclimates for this variety. The best fruit goes into this Reserve wine that has won a string of awards, most recently the trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon at the NSW Wine Awards. An earlier vintage was named Best Australian Cabernet Sauvignon at the International Wine Challenge in London. An exquisite wine with delicate blueberry and chocolate notes, it has hints of mint and subtle French oak.
Peter Bourne - Gourmet Traveller Wine, December 2021
BEST BUY WINES OVER $35. Graeme Shaw is the driving force behind this family enterprise with 30ha under vine and 1,800 sheep grazing on the historic Murrumbateman property. The style is pristine and pure with this a wine of great detail and finesse. Classic blueberry and cassis perfumes greet the nose with hints of mocha chocolate and bay-leaf. Taut and fine-boned, the palate opens up with air to reveal an abundance of blue and black fruits. Sinewy tannins frame the finish. Roast beef, please.
Judges Comments - Decanter World Wine Awards London, November 2021
Elegant and classic Cabernet, delivering a combination of blackcurrant leaf, cool mint, wet earth and fresh cassis on powdery-fine tannins. 93 Points.
Aaron Brasher - The Real Review, November 2021
Dark and inky in the glass, really youthful in appearance. Aromas are dark-fruited, mulberry, blackberry, cedar, tobacco and iodine, really deep, dark and alluring. The palate has freshness and brightness, lashings of blackberry, black cherry, blackcurrant and brambles. The tannins are firm, but generous, and give shape and savouriness and the acidity has crunch and a snappiness to it that keeps everything fresh. 95/100 Points
Jane Faulkner - James Halliday, August 2021
An explosion of flavours from mint and blackberries, currants and menthol with lashings of oak in the mix. There's a vibrancy and juiciness across the full-bodied plate, with griitty yet shapely tannins and while a tad firm, it has appeal. Built to be better in a few years. 92/100 Points.
Max Crus, May 2020
Merriman is exactly what you will be if you have one of these in your cellar (and you're a bloke). Sophisticated and suave stuff. 9.5/10 Points.
- Region Canberra District, New South Wales
- Vintage 2018
- Type Red Wine
- Variety Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vegan Friendly ✔
- Volume 750ml
- Alcohol Volume 14%
- Tasting Notes
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- Food Matches
Rich dishes such as stews, beef cheeks & lamb.