McPherson Family Series Cabernet Merlot 2014

Region: South Eastern Australia
Varietal: 54% Cabernet, 36% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 13.5%
Best Consumed: 2017 - 2021

Jock's Cabernet Merlot is much like the man – smooth, no nonsense, elegant and will fit right in at any occasion.  It exhibits a rich, ripe berry and mint bouquet and displays a full flavoured, fleshy, fruit laden palate.

Viticulturist Notes

The grapes for this Cabernet Merlot were picked and crushed during the cool of night, thus ensuring the retention of varietal character.  Modern winemaking techniques were employed throughout, all of which help to create the signature McPherson style.  Fermentation took place in sweeping arm red fermenters, giving the wine a denser, richer colour and allowing for gentle flavour extraction.  Softer tannins are also a result of this process, an important feature of the McPherson Cabernet Merlot style.  Oak for this wine was predominately French oak and this wine was aged on oak for approximately 6 months, giving the wine a noticeable, but not excessive oak influence.

Wine Harvest Notes

The growing season in 2014 presented some challenges including frost in late 2013 and extreme heat in early 2014.  Once harvesting began in late January we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the fruit and the resulting wines.  Yields were down but quality was up this year. Whites have good varietal character, with great flavour, whilst the reds have beautiful colour and flavour intensity.

Food Recommendations:

A classic partner for grilled rib eye served with a pepper sauce.  McPherson Cabernet Merlot also pairs well with rich tomato based pasta dishes.