2017 Bernard's Cabernets
Deep crimson in colour
Complex bouquet of ripe mulberry and blackcurrant fruits, with some leafy notes adding freshness.
Medium bodied palate, dominated by juicy red and black fruit 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.
Blend & Clones
71% Merlot Q45-14, 8R
16% Cabernet Franc 1334
13% Cabernet Sauvignon CW44
REVIEWS & RATINGS
Toni Patterson, The Real Review, 89 points - Light to medium-bodied with fruit restraint and lively acidity. I enjoy the core of redcurrant and red cherry fruit, plus there's a pleasing subtle hint of roast meat that adds interest. The tannins are fine and in balance, and there's a pleasing coolness to the wine. Impressive fruit clarity, as well as fruit succulence on the finish. Drink 2019–2023
Huon Hooke, The Real Review, 88 points - Deep red colour with a faint purple tint. The bouquet is subdued and cedary, savoury and earthy, the palate lean, sinewy and high in acidity. It's medium-bodied at most, with moderate fruit intensity and doesn't have much fleshy extract. A well-made wine of a lighter, and quite elegant, St Emilion-like style. Drink 2019 - 2027