Cape Clairault Cabernet Merlot 2005

Cape Clairault Cabernet Merlot 2005

I was in the Margaret River last week and took the opportunity to visit a couple of cellar doors. I made the mistake of trying to go to Moss Brothers late one afternoon and found myself arriving just after a couple of minvans. So I decided to get to Cape Clairault first thing in the morning to avoid the rush. Unfortunately all the whites and a couple of the reds had been opened since the previous day and seemed quite oxidised to me. On the up-side, this wine and the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon were freshly opened and I think they showed quite well. The straight Cabernet was much more tannic than the blend, so it was a bottle of the latter that was purchased and consumed while watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean, out of smallish glasses. The wine was quite fragrant, with aromas of blackberries, cocoa, milk chocolate and a touch of leafy goodness. The palate is plush and soft, blackberries, plums, dried herbs and leaf propped up by sweet oak. Smooth and satisfying, fine tannins without any astringency, and really quite delicious.

Rated : 89 Points
Tasted : May09
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $24
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2009-2013
Source : Cellar Door
Website : Cape Clairault

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One Response to Cape Clairault Cabernet Merlot 2005

  1. simm says:

    I don’t know what it is but I have a strange attraction to Clairault. Had another bottle of the Clairault Estate Cabernet 2001 just a couple of nights ago after 3 yrs since the last. Balanced, settled and relaxed and out of a 2006 hole, but didn’t show any sign of becoming a more complex wine with wow factor. My earlier notes showed some dusty green bean but it isn’t evident any longer, but still earthy with dry winter leaf which is just how I like it.

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