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Forester Estate Cabernet Merlot 750ml

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    Winemaker Comments

    Viticulture

    Fruit is sourced from neighbouring properties in the most northern sub-region of Margaret River (Yallingup). Meticulous management of bud numbers and shoot thinning continues to ensure a balanced canopy and full fruit ripeness. The summer of 2008/2009 was as close to ideal ripening conditions as Margaret River experiences. Not as warm or early as the previous year the fruit was harvested at closer to typical dates. This allowed a few extra weeks for complete tannin development in the skins and seeds of Cabernet Sauvignon in particular. Varieties came off in an orderly manner and the winery staff were treated to a ‘text book’ vintage.

    Winemaking

    Each parcel of fruit was gently crushed into small open fermenters with traditional heading down boards where fermentation was carried out under strict temperature controlled conditions. Gentle extraction
    (a Forester Estate style) was achieved by daily draining of wine away from skins and returning back over. The wine was pressed to tank where 100% was sent to new and older French oak barriques to complete the primary and malo-lactic ferment.

    Storage / Bottling

    After 18 months of ageing, the wine was carefully blended to achieve this friendly Margaret River style. Bottled in a premium claret bottle using a screwcap closure. This closure will ensure the wine retains its youth and fruit integrity.

    Awards & Achievements

    2009 Cabernet Merlot

    Gold Medal – Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2011

    2008 Cabernet Merlot

    Gold Medal – Australian Small Winemakers Show 2010
    Silver Medal – Qantas Wine Show 2010
    Bronze Medal – International Wine Challenge 2011
    Bronze Medal – International Wine & Spirits Comp 2010
    Bronze Medal – Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2010
    Bronze Medal – Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2010
    Bronze Medal – Rutherglen Wine Show 2010
    Bronze Medal – Cowra Wine Show 2010
    Bronze Medal – Perth Royal Wine Show 2010
    3 Stars – Winestate Magazine, New Release Tasting 2010

    2007 Cabernet Merlot

    4 stars, Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller WINE Oct 2009
    90 points, Gary Walsh: The Wine Front
    87 points, Ray Jordan: WA Wine Guide 2010
    Bronze Medal – Sydney Royal Wine Show 2010
    Bronze Medal – Rutherglen Agricultural Wine Show 2009
    Bronze Medal – Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2009

    2006 Cabernet Merlot

    Bronze Medal – Ray Jordan’s WA Wine Guide 2009

    2005 Cabernet Merlot

    4 1/2 stars, Ray Jordan’s WA Wine Guide 2007
    Silver Medal – Qantas Wine Show WA 2007
    Bronze Medal – Margaret River Wine Show 2007
    Bronze Medal – Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2008
    Bronze Medal – Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2007
    Bronze Medal – Vintage Cellars National Wine Show 2007

    2004 Cabernet Merlot

    Silver Medal – Scoop Magazine 2005
    Bronze Medal – Margaret River Wine Show 2005

    2003 Cabernet Merlot

    Bronze Medal – Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2004
    86 points, Ray Jordan, Guide to Wine 05/06

    2002 Cabernet Merlot

    Silver Medal – Royal Perth Wine Show 2003
    Bronze Medal – Wine Show of Western Australia 2003
    94 points Top 100 – Adelaide Advertiser

    James Halliday Wine Companion

    2008 Cabernet Merlot 93 Points
    2007 Cabernet Merlot 90 Points
    2005 Cabernet Merlot 90 Points
    2004 Cabernet Merlot 90 Points
    2003 Cabernet Merlot 87 Points
    2002 Cabernet Merlot 88 Points

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