Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Thompson Estate Locum Cabernet Merlot 2010

Thompson Estate was established in 1994 with the first vines being planted in 1997. The family run Estate has vineyard holdings in the Wilyabrup district which means that this is high quality wine area. The Estate has 44 acres of vine with the majority being planted to Cabernet, Chardonnay and Merlot. Bob Cartwright, of Leeuwine Estate, takes these grapes and crafts them into some high quality wines which gets released at prices that are at the cheaper end of the spectrum.

Thompson Estate Locum Cabernet Merlot 2010

Savoury and medium bodied with a great entry on day one of blackcurrants, plums and everything that reminds you of a summer dessert. The cedary oak is already in the background and the light tannins provides a nice counter point. On day one I had this as a 87 point wine and I was ready to get out the credit card but on day three the flavours had started to peel off the palate so it had moved to an 83 point wine. I would use this as a quaffer as I wait for the big guns to mature in the cellar.

Alcohol: 13.5%
Price: $25
Rated: 87/83
Drink: Now - 2015

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