Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Cumulus Estate Six Hundred Above Merlot 2013

This Cumulus label is reserved for on premise sale only as per the media release but interestingly it is being sold retail on the website.

The Six Hundred Above defines the altitude of the vineyards above sea level in the Orange region, New South Wales. The label has appeal too - the photo right doesn't do it justice.

This spent twelve months in French oak (11% new) in a combination of 225L and 500L barrels. 

A whiff of white pepper to start and lots of soft plummy and dark berry fruit but once it hits the tarmac it's a little one dimensional without too much to excite. It's a good wine to have with a meal but not one which would arouse much discussion. Time in the glass reveals some leafyness. The finish is drying with chalky tannins which seem happy just staying put. I reckon I could have a glass but not much more.

Good.

Region: Orange
RRP: $30
Source: Sample

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