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2016 Zema Estate Cluny Cabernet Merlot

Coonawarra, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
$23. 99 Bottle
$287.88 Dozen
Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
ABV: 14.5%
Closure: Stelvin

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 9% Malbec and 6% Cabernet Franc matured for 16 months in French and American oak. Midnight black in colour with a deep dark red hue. Sailing from the glass is a wonderful array of red to black currant and mulberry aromatics which are followed up by spicy vanillin cedar, tobacco and subtle bay leaf notes. Mid weighted with an elegant yet generous feel, the palate features ripe red and black currant fruits over mulberry, cedary tobacco characters, gentle earth and spicy bay leaf. Supplely textured it has velvet smooth tannins and finishes with a long aftertaste that shows great finesse.
Drink over the next 4-5 years.
Alc. 14.5%

Other Reviews….
Still bright colour. Zema is Coonawarra's long-term consistent producer of this blend. This is elegant to the point of understatement, and equivalently balanced. In the final analysis, it lacks that last 5% to get it into gold medal territory. Drink by 2029.
94 points
James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion


Chunky, rich, bold red. Done well. Balanced. Thick set tannins in a meaty soup of dark berries, mocha, vanilla, clove and cinnamon spice. Fat, strong, big. Feels good in its way, marches to its own beat, lots of good and complex flavour. Delivers a huge hit of ripe red wine so very well. Old school-good school. Line up. A banger.
93 points
Mike Bennie – The Wine Front