Cabernets Shiraz Merlot 2009

Published on August 1, 2012

tasting notes

Deep red colour, ripe dark fruits on the nose - blackberry, a little blackcurrant and savoury notes from spicy oak. Full-bodied palate with concentrated flavour and plenty of weight, yet with fine dry tannins giving an impression of elegance. Very good length

best drinking

2011 - 2016 or more


  • Gold medal International Wine Challenge, Vienna 2011.


Sarsfield Estate Vineyard is located in the Lakes and Wilderness area of East Gippsland, Victoria.
All grapes used are exclusively estate-grown.


A very dry and warm spring was followed by
good rain in early summer.
January was very hot and dry with 40 and up
to 46°C recorded every week, and rainfall from
January till March only 40% of our average.
Exposed grapes shrivelled and fell off and we
lost about 10% of the crop.
But overall 2009 was one of the best years in terms
of grape quality.
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The 2011 Sarsfield Estate Cabernets Shiraz Merlot is a single vineyard blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc (~50%), Shiraz (~35%), Merlot (~10%) and a small amount of Mourvèdre.
Grapes were fermented in open vats and pressed in a basket press. The wine has been matured for 18 months in French oak barrels.
Alcohol: 13.8%, Titr. Acidity: 5.9 g/L, pH 3.51.