Sutton Grange Fairbank Cabernet Merlot 12pk 2018
Established in 1998, a small estate with an original vision as a Thoroughbred facility. In time, a small vineyard was added, farmed organically, with a view to crafting savoury, complex, “bistro style” wines. Pioneers of styles so common now, like their cult-following pale rosé, they are quality driven and highly acclaimed. The vineyard and winery operations are led by Melanie Chester, a star in the making. She joined Sutton Grange by way of Seppelt, so has a very strong hand for central Victorian wines, and has quickly made a mark in the industry through the Young Gun of Wine Awards.
Sutton Grange Fairbank Cabernet Merlot 2018
A 90/10% blend vinified separately, 100% whole berry open-fermented, 8 days on skins, matured for 18 months in French oak (10% new). Bright, full crimson-purple; an object lesson in ripeness fully realised at 13.5% alcohol, the brightness of the fruit flavours and mouthfeel the result.
Rating: 94 Points
Source: James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2021