CLAYMORE LONDON CALLING CABERNET SAUVIGNON / MALBEC 2016

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CLAYMORE LONDON CALLING CABERNET SAUVIGNON / MALBEC 2016 is available to buy in increments of 1
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Malbec & 1% Merlot

Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"Inviting and complex aromatics welcome you into this wine; brambly, leafy notes backed up by deep dark fruit with subtle spice and char interplay on the nose. There is a deceptive density to this wine’s aroma that hints at what lies beyond….

We think we ‘cracked it’ in 2015 with the inaugural London Calling Cabernet Malbec (by finally getting the boss to let us throw a decent whack of beautiful Malbec plushness in with our structured and at times ‘shy’ Cabernet Sauvignon).

The 2016 release builds on that breakthrough style – the wine shows plush generosity but there is a layering of flavours and complexity to this vintage that invites not just a second but third look. Generous, accessible primary fruit sits pretty up front but let the wine breathe and suddenly these dry, fine and lightly chewy tannins build on the back palate, lending a savoury edge to the dark fruit finish of this baby.  

We need to let you in on a little secret…this year, for the first the first time we waved a skerrick of ‘Magic Merlot’ over this blend. We have a passionate and determined grower who produces an amazing parcel of merlot grapes from a block adjacent the cellar door. This parcel then sits in the barrel store (old oak) and when used as a finishing aid to almost any red wine seems to pull everything together in a very special kind of way. It contributes structure, softness and acts as a cohesive, cunning negotiator to unite disparate forces into a seamless finished wine….1 – 2% at most the magic of Merlot strikes again!"


Reviews for the 2015 vintage below...
95/100 Decanter (2015 Vintage)
"A come-hither strawberry, blackcurrant, leafy nose with an explosion of cassis on the palate. Provençal herbs and gently spicy oak supply complexity. All up, a long, fresh, savoury wine destined for a lucky person's dinner table. Impressive."
92/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, July 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Beautifully ripe and fragrant, the inviting bouquet shows blackberry, dark plum, cigar and cedar characters with nuances of floral and liquorice. The palate is generously weighted and fruited, and delivers loads of appealing flavours and velvety texture, wonderfully framed by supple tannins. Fabulous drinking. At its best: now to 2019."
89/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, December 2016 (2015 Vintage)
"Classic blend of cabernet sauvignon and malbec from its principle regional exponent: the Clare Valley. Creamy oak adds a smoothness to the texture though it’s not an overtly oaked wine; this is all about fruit. It tastes of leather, blackcurrant and cloves/bay leaves and it both feels and tastes the goods. It’s a solid, no fuss red with good mouthfeel. Most will enjoy."


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