Pierro 'Reserve' Cabernet Merlot 2016

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James Halliday – 70% cabernet sauvignon, 24% merlot, the remainder cabernet franc, petit verdot and malbec, 18 months in French barriques (60% new). Bright, clear colour; a remarkably elegant, juicy red and black berry fruit-filled wine, neither oak or tannins seeking to interfere with the fruit. One of those rare wines to be drunk now or in 20+ years. Rating 96” Halliday Wine Companion 2017

About This Wine

The stellar run of vintages since 2007, the maturity of the Cabernet vines (24 years old in 2014), and careful work in the vineyard and winery have lifted the quality of Pierro's flagship red. Mike Peterkin and his team have been working on tannin management to achieve full ripeness in the reds while restraining alcohol levels. They encourage the development of flavour compounds early in the season and this results in tannins which are ripe, fine and elegant. The components of the wine - cabernet sauvignon (63%), merlot (32%), cabernet franc (5%)- are identified in the vineyard, fermented separately, and monitored in the barrel store. The 2012 vintage has produced a Reserve Cabernet Merlot at Pierro that follows the mould of those of 2009 and 2010 yet appears to have more power, greater concentration of flavour, tighter structure and is, perhaps, more full-bodied. It has black fruit aromatics, pure blackcurrant, wild brambles and dark plum flavours, velvety texture and supple, fine tannins. It is multi-layered, shows hints of complexity and will reward time in the cellar. This is a distinguished and super – elegant Margaret River cabernet merlot . The length and aftertaste are exemplary.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Merlot Merlot Cabernet Franc
Country Australia
Region Margaret River
Brand Pierro
Vintage 2016

Margaret River Wine

In the southwest of Western Australia, the Margaret River wine region is unique in that it is the most maritime-influenced region in all of Australia. The cool Indian ocean breezes come in through the summer to keep the temperatures around the vines steady resulting in an unusually even accumulation of warmth in the growing season. It is also quite dry as interestingly less than 20% of the annual rainfall occurs as the grapes are growing. The region’s climatic factors have been compared to what Bordeaux would be like in a dry season. While the region’s total production is relatively small (3% of Australia’s total wine production), it is responsible for 20% of our premium wine market.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz as well as Bordeaux blends are all very popular red wine options in the region.

For whites, refreshing blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon as well as complex, age worthy Chardonnays are the specialties.

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