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Descendants of the Schrapel family have been caretakers of vineyards in the Barossa Valley for more than 150 years. Today, those very vineyards continue to be nurtured to produce what have become some of the most iconic wines in the Valley.
Cabernet Merlot 2000
The deep, black cherry colour of this typically Barossa style is followed by a complex bouquet displaying young vibrant fruit with some overtones of oak and a slightly spicy character.

Tasting Notes

The deep, black cherry colour of this typically Barossa style is followed by a complex bouquet displaying young vibrant fruit with some overtones of oak and a slightly spicy character. The palate is medium bodied, taut and firm with attractive blackberry and cherry flavours. The finish is well balanced with excellent clean acid. The Cabernet Sauvignon provides the “backbone” to the wine while the Merlot softens the tannins, lifting the berry fruit flavours.

Vintage Comments

Winter rainfall was average but variable temperatures at flowering resulted in a very poor fruit set, reducing yields to below half. The cool dry summer lengthened the ripening to late in the season producing wines with a firm but fine tannin structure and a well balanced natural acidity. The lower yields increased the fruit flavour concentrations and remained fresh and vibrant with finesse.

Winemaker's Report

Fermented on skins in open fermenters at a controlled temperature of between 18 & 25 C for 8 days. After traditional pressing at 4 Baume, the wine is transferred to American and French hogsheads. A malo-lactic culture is added early to induce secondary fermentation as quickly as possible in the barrel. The wine is racked after settling and minimal sulphur is added for the first time in the process. A critical factor in allowing for natural flavour development of the wine. Matured in oak barrels for 12 to 15 months.

Vineyard Notes

The vines are grown on the slopes of the Barossa Ranges in a cool microclimate. Traditional hand pruning to 70 buds per vine is used to minimise yields and concentrate the fruit flavours of the grapes.

2000
Geoff & Robert Schrapel
Cabernet 73%, Merlot 22%, Cabernet Franc 5%
Barossa Valley
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13.0%
6.48
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