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Whitebox Yarra Valley Cab Merlot 2008

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2008 Whitebox Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot


The 2008 season began ideally in the Yarra Valley, with excellent winter rainfall. Early season’s growth looked promising, with mild to warm weather continuing well into spring.   A number of very hot days during late December and January brought vintage forward, however milder weather during February helped slow down and extend ripening somewhat. Eventually, a return to exceedingly hot weather during March brought the season to a rapid finish. Given the challenges that the season brought to us, through careful selection of harvest dates we were able to bring in all of our Yarra fruit at optimal ripeness.


Fruit was harvested from our family-owned Yarra Valley vineyards and crushed into traditional open fermenters, some parcels receiving lengthy post-ferment maceration prior to pressing. Following malo-lactic fermentation the wine was allowed to mature in French oak barrels and temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, prior to clarification, blending and bottling.


The 2008 Whitebox Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is deep purple-red in colour, with a complex bouquet of varietal fruit characters including blackcurrant and blackberry. The palate displays intense fruit flavours of cassis and black fruit supported by French oak, with firm tannins and a lingering aftertaste.


Drinking well now, this wine will continue to develop in the bottle for many years to come.


This wine will complement a wide range of dishes, including warming winter casseroles, roasts, barbeques, or even a cheese platter. A few particularly good matches are carpaccio, braised belly of pork or ratatouille.