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2016 Bernard's Cabernets
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SKU: 2016 Bernards Cabernets

Deep crimson in colour

Complex bouquet of bright mulberry and blackcurrent fruits, leafy notes and cedar oak.

The palate is medium bodied, dominated by red and black currant notes, and a refreshing tobacco leaf edge. Balanced by a firm but fine tannin backbone, fresh acidity, and elegant, classic, bright red fruit characters.

Drink now or cellar for 5 to 12 years.




96 points, 2019 Halliday Wine Companion - 63% cabernet franc, 23% cabernet sauvignon, 14% merlot co-fermented and matured for 16 months in French barriques (30% new). A co-fermented blend of these three varieties is unusual, with different ripening patterns, but made to look oh so easy here. It is full of juicy fruit, the new clones of merlot Q45-14 and 8R making a disproportionate contribution to the intense flavours. The tannin structure is immaculate, the oak contribution likewise. Something special, the cabernet franc happily accepting the support of the lesser quantities of the other varieties.

Campbell Mattinson, The Winefront, 92 points- Single vineyard blend of merlot (63%), cabernet franc (23%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (14%) from the Bellarine Peninsula side of the Geelong region.

Mid-weight, well composed, fluid red wine. Everything is in good order and in good measure. Flavours of mulberry, boysenberry and blackcurrant glide into bay and subtle chocolate. Fine tannin; not a lot, but enough. It’s drinking well now but it should mature handsomely.

Tasted : Aug18
Alcohol : 13.4%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2019 - 2025+

4.5 Star, Tony Love, Herald Sun, 26 June - This three way blend of merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon is as a Bordeaux blend.  And like the west coast of France, these same varieties clearly love the coast of southern Victoria as well.  Redolent with blackberry, blackcurrent/cassis and dark plum flavours and aromas, pure to the core, and juicy with just enough tannin in the finish to promise 5-10 years cellaring future.

93 points, Huon Hooke - The Real Review, 23 April 2018 - Deep, rich red colour with a good tint of purple. The bouquet is sweet berry fruited as is the palate, lush and sweetly ripe, with softness, roundness and generous flavour. A very stylish merlot blend. Lovely balance, texture and drinkability. 

Cellar - 2018–2030    https://www.therealreview.com/wineries/13266/

Wine Specs
Bellarine Peninsula
Bottling Date
August 2017
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Production Notes
Hand harvested fruit was destemmed, crushed then soaked for 5 days prior to fermentation using wild yeast in small open vats peaking at 28 degrees C with 7 days maceration on skins post ferment. Pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation, and matured in French oak barriques (30% new) for 16 months, and bottled in August 2017.
Other Notes
63% Merlot Q45-14, 8R 23% Cabernet Franc 1334 14% Cabernet Sauvignon CW44