Cabernets Shiraz Merlot 2011

Published 2015

tasting notes

Appearance: Deep red colour.
Nose: Very complex, with Satsuma Plum and spices, some dusty oak.
Rich and intense palate with Satsuma Plum, cedar and chocolate, spicy overtones. Long finish.

best drinking

2014 - 2018, probably more


  • Bronze Medal at the 2014 Interrnational Wine Chanllenge in Vienna. The AWC is the world largest international wine show with more than 12,000 entries.


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


A colder than average spring gave us a late start to the 2011 growing season; and strong winds and rain during flowering set the vines up for Botrytis later in the season.
January was extremely dry and we had two very hot, windy days with 41 °C.
But with the ongoing wet weather in autumn Botrytis woke up as soon as the grapes neared maturity.
The end result: An average vintage, but with 25 % crop loss and a lot of additional work.
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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.