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Alkoomi Cabernet-Merlot 2016

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    Winemaker Notes

    Deep crimson with ruby flecks. Rich flavors of cassis, blueberry, and chocolate lead to a medium body with leafy, tobacco-like layers and fine-grained, supple tannins.

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    The Alkoomi vineyards and winery are located in the rapidly expanding Frankland River region northwest of Albany in Western Australia, about 80kms inland from the Southern Ocean. The southern influence makes this the coolest climate region in W A and one blessed with reasonable rainfall, long autumn sunshine and generally very consistent climatic conditions year to year. The name Alkoomi, which in Aboriginal dialect means "the place we chose", was selected by the original settlers in the 1880's. Merv Lange's father purchased the 1,220 hectare property in 1946 when it was still largely bush country, and developed a mixed farm of grain, sheep and cattle. The property retains many large Australian native grass trees and this distinctive plant is used as the logo on the Alkoomi labels. The Alkoomi wine business is very much a family affair, headed up by Merv and Judy Lange with son Wayne (viticulturist), his wife Elaine and son-in-law Rod (operations manager) and his wife Sandra all involved. Alkoomi's reputation has flourished as one of the leading small family wine makers in the country. The superb varietal flavors evident in the wines are recognized by James Halliday in his "Guide to the Wines of Australia" (2000 edition), awarding Alkoomi a rare five-star rating. Halliday notes: "Racy Riesling, tangy Sauvignon Blanc, fruit-driven peach citrus Chardonnay, peppery Shiraz curranty minty Cabernet topped off with the finely crafted cedary Blackbutt are all consistently excellent " For detailed wine notes, please click on the link below to visit
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    Quite remote and unequalled in beauty, the wine regions of Westerm Australia promise endless physical and climatic diversity. From the coolest, seaside vineyards to the hottest inland zones, Western Australia is the source of some of the country’s most sought after wines.

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    One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

    Tasting Notes for Bordeaux Blends

    Bordeaux Blends are dry, red wines and generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, black cherry plum, graphite, cedar and violet. Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines, modeled after the Right Bank, are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure.

    Perfect Food Pairings for Bordeaux Blends

    Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

    Sommelier Secrets for Bordeaux Blends

    While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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