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5th Generation | Cabernet Merlot

As a fifth Generation Vigneron this range pays homage to the winemaking endeavours of Grant’s forefathers whilst showcasing the exemplary fruit and unrivalled quality which only the Barossa can produce.

All of the 5th Generation wines have been sourced from site specific, premium vineyard sites. The whites come from cooler, site specific vineyards, some from old vines (Semillon 99 and 65 year old) . All the white ferments have had extended lees contact, with some parcels matured in French oak. The reds are also from site specific, premium quality vineyards.

wine notes

2015 Cabernet Merlot

The Fruit:

The 2015 vintage produced a cool, dry winter and well below average rainfall all leading to below average fruit set and smaller berry sizes. The resulting low yields did produce some high quality wines which have great colour, aromatics and ripe fruit characters all balanced by a superb tannin structure. The majority of the fruit was sourced from the cool climate Eden and Barossa Valley’s

The Winemaking:

After crushing and de-stemming, most of the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks on skins for 7 days to bring out the maximum colour and flavour, with a few of the ferments left on skins for up to 30 days to develop softness and complexity. The wine was then transferred to barrel to complete malolactic fermentation after pressing. All of the wine was then matured in predominantly French oak hogheads for 14 months.


2015 Cabernet Merlot

The Comments:

The 2015 Cabernet Merlot is a classic blend that combines the elegant structure and vibrant fruit characters of Cabernet Sauvignon (78%), with the plummy softness of Merlot (22%). Deep garnet in colour this wine has a rich and varied bouquet of blackcurrant, cassis and dark fruitcake with milk chocolate and after dinner mints highlighted by lifted herbal characters. The
mid-palate is soft and rich with dark fruit flavours and well integrated oak that adds spice to the flavour profile. The palate is long and elegantly structured with oak and cabernet tannins combining to carry this wine through to a long and flavoursome finish. This wine is the perfect accompaniment to barbecued lamb dishes.

awards and reviews

2015 Cabernet Merlot


  • 2010 Cabernet Merlot
    • 90 Points – James Halliday
      James Halliday

      Deep garnet; a ripe blend of cassis, mocha and black olive; the palate is full-bodied and fleshy, with good concentration and varietal integrity; moderately long, but also very moderately priced.

    • Other (4 Stars) – WineState, National, Jan 2013
      WineState, National, Jan 2013

      An elegant and refined wine where the lifted, cabernet fruit tends to dominate the blend creating lovely, delicate, violet notes.

    • Chris Shanahan
      Chris ShanahanCanberra Times Jul 2012

      The lovely Cabernet Merlot, with it's leafy varietal notes, suggests sourcing from the cooler Eden Valley.

    • Frank Smith
      Frank SmithHave-a-Go News WA 2012

      The 2010 is a harmonious blend of the two classic varietals. Rich blackcurrant fruit from the Cabernet and soft, redcurrant and dark plum flavours from the Merlot. Casis, dark chocolate and red berry fruits with a soft silky blueberry core of black peppercorn, spice and tobacco all supported by fine tannins and spicy oak characterise the palate.

    • Gary Walsh
      Gary WalshThe Wine Front Aug 2012

      A new line from Grant Burge. So far, the Shiraz is the pick of them. Cocoa, vanilla, berries and cherries, soft and fine tannin, easy drinking middle-weight wine with not a lot of depth, but makes for an enjoyable drink. Easy going and likely to find an appreciative audience.

    • Huon Hooke
      Huon HookeNov 2012

      Medium to deep red/brick-red colour. Tomato and faintly gumleaf, mint aromas. Medium to full-bodies with a trace of leanness to its profile. The tannins are firm and slightly sticky and the mid-palate is a touch hollow, the finish clipped and tight. Good drinking cabernet.

    • Michael Southern
      Michael SouthernPittwater Life Aug 2012

      The Cabernet Merlot is no slouch either. Lots of blackcurrant from the Cabernet, with redcurrant and dark plums from the Merlot. It is a chocolaty wine with hints of black peppercorn, tobacco and a touch of spice.

    • National Liquor News, Australia, Sep 2012
      National Liquor News, Australia, Sep 2012

      Redcurrant and dark plum flavours, with fine tannins and spicy oak.

    • Winestate Aug 2012
      Winestate Aug 2012

      Aromatic nose; smells like fruit cake. Simple, slightly green, plum and blackcurrant flavours with chocolaty oak.

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