Isabelle

Gibson Isabelle

2018 Cabernet Merlot
Barossa, SA

Complex concentrated sweet notes of black cherry and blackcurrant are nicely integrated with savoury herb and chocolate

$30 each

Wine Details

Region

Barossa

Vintage

2018

Type

Red Wine

Variety

Cabernet Merlot

Volume

750mL

Alcohol Volume

14%

PH

pH 3.73

Standard Drinks

8.3

Acidity

Acid 6.35 g/l

Sugar

RS 2.1

Maturation

20 months French Oak

Closure

Screw Cap

Background

The Isabelle Vineyard was named after my dear mother and was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Verdot. The Merlot appropriately reflect her warm heart and the Cabernet Sauvignon the underlying strength we all saw. Petit Verdot gives a touch of vibrant eccentricity. This blend shows complexity and finesse.

Vineyard Notes

Winter rains led to warm temperatures in November and December which were well above average…enhancing rapid development. After a dry Summer, March was mild, thank goodness. Mild dry ripening conditions later combined with low yields led to good varietal expression in Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Winemaking

Fermented in static & open fermenters and matured for 20 months in predominantly French Oak hogsheads

Tasting Notes

Deep red with a purple hue. Aromas of black currant and earth with hints of vanilla and spice lead to a substantial palate, assertive with great structure and length. Complex concentrated sweet notes of black cherry and blackcurrant are nicely integrated with savoury herb and chocolate flavours. The wine is very well balanced with soft tannin. It has a very long finish with lingering plummy flavour. Good Claret!

Colour

Deep red with a purple hue.

Bouquet

Aromas of black currant and cherry with hints of vanilla and spice are evident.

Palate

The substantial palate is assertive with great structure and length. Complex concentrated sweet notes of black cherry and blackcurrant are nicely integrated with savoury herb and chocolate flavours. The wine is very well balanced with soft tannin. It has a very long finish with lingering plummy flavour.

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