High on the hills on the western side of Orange sits the famous Cargo Road Vineyard. Just outside the cellar door there is a thirty year old dry grown Cabernet vineyard which is capable of making a truly lovely perfumed yet powerful style of Cabernet.
It is Cabernet that provides the structure or as I think of it, the skeleton of this wine. But, it’s the 10% Merlot (which isn’t on the label cause Aussies frown on blends) which fleshes out the wine and completes it.
Drinking straight Cabernet is often like riding a pushbike down railway tracks………..
You need a splash of Merlot.
Anyhow, I digress. The Merlot is also from Cargo Road and the Merlot vineyard is planted in such a way that it looks like a continuation of the Cabernet.
This is one of those lovely wine that has everything going on which will also reward a decade or more in the bottle if you choose to cellar it.
As a young wine the nose is all chocolate, blackcurrant and red berries. Over time the blackcurrant will get more pronounced and tobacco/cigar box characters will come through.
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