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Snake + Herring 2013 ‘Cannonball’ Cabernet Sauvignon + Merlot + Petit Verdot

Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Margaret River, Red
Snake + Herring
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64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec


Margaret River, WA

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are often blended all around the world of wine. Petit Verdot is a near forgotten cog, a variety of such surreal potency that only a few percent in a blend ultimately change the style. We like it.

The blend is from 3 vineyards in the north of the Margaret River region each having over 20 years vine age. Each individual wine was impressive and showed the extraordinary quality of the 2013 vintage, but the blend had something extra. The 2013 vintage showed excellent tannin ripeness with moderate crops so that fruit flavours had great intensity. We didn’t see overripe or “dead” fruit.

Fermented in open vessels with handplunging, each wine is left on skins post ferment for up to 4 weeks. Approximately 40% was wild ferment. Maturation was in 50% new oak, both barriques and puncheons, all French.

The 2013 Cannonball is a big bastard, opaque and brooding. Initial briary aromas of ripe berries and forest floor give way to more floral, herbal, spice and bitter chocolate aromas. A bright mid palate of fruit and florals, dried herbs and damp earth is supported by ample structure, powdery layered texture and long fine tannins.



  • Margaret River
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Malbec
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot

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