|Still not sure what those silvery things are but they
look scenic enough.
Plantagenet Omrah Cabernet Merlot 2010 (Great Southern, WA)
13.5%, Screwcap, $19
A relaunch of the old Omrah Cabernet Merlot, this is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and a hatful of Cabernet
Franc and Shiraz, this was sourced mainly from the estate vineyards in
Mt Barker/Great Southern with a smidgen from the Blackwood Valley to
round it off.
On the topic, what do you think of the new labels? I like the flashy blue label and green actually, as it conjures up summery images of drinking wine on the deck of a holiday home in a pair of shorts with sand still stuck on your legs from an earlier swim. That sort of thing. Or maybe it’s just me (Given the pricepoint that’s probably a pretty fair, and indeed desirable, imagery too).
The juice in the bottle fits the bill pretty well too. It carries quite a deal of soapy oak sweetening the faintly menthol edged leafy, curranty nose. Not unripe, but certainly varietal, it looks pretty solid on the nose if just a little oak heavy. Palate too carrries a deal of choc-mint oak but with fruit behind it. That palate looks a little drawn and skinny towards the back end but there is substance in there too. What it lacks is definition to match up with that oak sweetness, crying out for more of that curranty fruit to make itself form.
A competently made wine that fits the bill pretty well, if not quite sharp enough for big points. Drink: Now – 2015 16.7/89
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