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2015 Expressions Smooth Operator Cabernet Merlot

2015 expressions smooth operator cabernet merlot

2015 expressions smooth operator cabernet merlot




Deep purple-red with a strong, vibrant purple rim.


Unmistakably Cabernet Merlot from Margaret River; bay leaf and dried herbs overlaid with redcurrant and ripe plummy fruits with a violet lift.


Long and silky with lovely fleshy, plum and currant flavours and subtle earthy complexity. The finish is soft, long and effortless; typical of this esteemed blend from Margaret River.


Drinking now and through to 2019+

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Quality was high in 2015, however yields were down due to inclement weather at flowering during October and November, including cold night time temperatures and rainfall.  Thereafter berry development was hampered by wet and very windy conditions in spring and early summer.

From early March a more autumnal weather pattern prevailed and with the passing of cyclone Olwyn, the region experienced some rain with cooler night time temperatures.  This effectively extended the ripening period for red wine varieties quite nicely giving them more ‘hang time’ to enhance fruit development flavour profiles with softer tannin levels arising as a consequence.


The parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot used are located in the central and northern parts of the region. These strategic locations were chosen on their ability to consistently produce a wine with intense colour, ripe fruit flavours and a fine, silken tannin profile with the ability to age. Some parcels of Merlot fruit were picked between midnight and early morning to ensure it reached the winery as cold as possible. The fruit was then gently destemmed and transferred to a fermenter where it was held cold for 3-4 days prior to fermentation.

The majority of Cabernet parcels were left on skins post-fermentation for 10-20 days. At completion of time on skins, each parcel was pressed separately to tank before being racked off yeast lees to barrel.  Around 12% of the Cabernet was matured in new French oak barriques and hogsheads with the balance of the Cabernet and all of the Merlot being matured in 1-5 year old French oak barriques. Each parcel was matured in oak for 18 months and were kept separate until the final blending stage to assess the development of each. Following trials, the wine was minimally handled by being blended in tank with no fining required before being filtered only once and matured in bottle prior to release.


Margaret River 100%


Cabernet Sauvignon



  • Alc Vol: 14%
  • TA: 6.49g/L
  • pH: 3.45

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