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2016 The Musician
Once again an exceptional wine at the price: vibrant, unmistakably Coonawarra to smell and taste, bursting with flavours of blackcurrant, mulberry and herbs, and fine, elegant and juicy in the mouth.
The wine is quite low in oak, with just a smidge of vanillin showing faintly on the mid palate, but otherwise the brambly, blackcurrant flavours demand all the attention.
Fine silky tannins integrate with the fruit and minimal oak treatment to produce an approachable well rounded wine with an extended length. Quite a complex wine!
Drink now, but it should age beautifully for 3 - 5 years
Winemaker: Bruce Gregory and Michael Marcus
"Great buying. Beautifully presented." Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au
"When it comes to affordable reds for everyday drinking it's hard to go past this delicious blend" Winsor Dobbin, Launceston Examiner
"The wine delivers Coonawarra’s deep, ripe, berry flavours, medium body and elegant structure, without the overlay of oak or other winemaker inputs seen in wines made for cellaring." Chris Shanahan, www.chrisshanahan.com
"If you like clasically minty Coonawarra reds you'll enjoy this." Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age
|Variety:||Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Shiraz (30%)|
|Region:||Coonawarra, South Australia|
Majella “The Musician” 2015
This Classic Australian blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz was produced by Majella Wines.
The Musician blend since it’s first release in 2004, has won 7 trophies and 79 medals to date.
The Musician is made as a light and elegant dry red. Fermentation was in both stainless steel tanks and oak barrels then aged for a further six months for minimal oak contact. It was then blended and bottled as a young red to retain freshness.
From a seasonal point of view, April to July 2014 provided an excellent start with average winter rainfall which set us up for an even budburst with good soil moisture. Spring however was not typical, being very dry and one of Coonawarra's warmest, with temperatures well above average advancing flowering in November by about 2 weeks. Fortunately the warm and dry flowering promoted a fast and even berry set, similar to other excellent seasons, for example: 2001, 2004 and 2010. This warm flowering provided even maturity at harvest with no green berries. Very dry conditions continued through December consequently berries remained small with thick skins. Ripening was set up perfectly with the vines receiving a refreshing drink of 90mm of rain in mid - January. Coonawarra's summer, in contrast to the spring, has been a classic, with warm days and cool nights, strongly influenced by the January upwelling of the deep, cold costal waters.... around 5 degrees cooler than those off Adelaide. Based on the mild summer, and consequently long ripening period, we are seeing bright fruit, varietal definition and intense colour at moderate sugar.
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Shiraz
The colour is vibrant deep ruby red with a garnet hue. The wine itself is seductive, smooth and fruit driven with dark, perfumed berry fruits with hints of mint and eucalyptus, supported by soft tannins that give excellent balance.
|Cellaring:||The Musician is made to enjoy now or cellar for up to 5 years.|
Our pours are 30ml: x 3 = 1 standard drink = 100ml @ 13% alcohol.
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Download The Musician Tasting Note 345 kb pdf