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    Red | Little Demon Cabernet Merlot Tasting Note

    2015 Little Demon Cabernet Merlot

    The Name

    In 1871 Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell proposed a thought experiment, that involved a hypothetical creature acting as a gatekeeper between two compartments to sort gas molecules according to their speed. At first glance, such a system could potentially create energy from nothing… theoretically impossible given the laws of physics. This hypothetical gatekeeper became known to physicists as Maxwell’s Little Demon, and has stirred debate in the science community for more than a century.

    Vintage Conditions

    The winter in 2014 was wetter than usual which resulted in well soaked soils. From August to early January it stayed dry with above average temperatures. Flowering started earlier than average and the grape set was even, but our vines had low bunch numbers. Veraison started normally but accelerated with a mini heatwave early January. Throughout January, 40mm of rain fell, double the average, but very helpful to freshen up the vines. Ripening continued with warm dry days and cool nights and we started harvest with the Verdelho on the 9th February, the earliest on record.


    Colour and Aroma

    Deep plum red with garnet hues. Generous aromas of cassis, raspberry with a hint of vanilla.



    The palate is lively and fresh, medium bodied with plush fruit characters, cherries, plum, blackcurrant and fine silky tannins combine with subtle oak to create a soft and round finish. The Cabernet flavours really dominate in this wine but the softness of the Merlot rounds off the palate creating a well balanced wine


    Cellaring Potential

    This wine is made to enjoy upon release, however it is expected that it will continue give excellent flavour at 4 to 6 years of age, assuming satisfactory cellaring conditions.


    • 2013 Little Demon Cabernet Merlot (Huon Hooke's Bargain Of The Week)
      "This has good depth of colour; sweetly jubey, essency aromas with a lacing of oak. A hint of crushed oyster shell. The tannins are emphatic and slightly grippy, and there’s a core of fruit sweetness and a slightly lifted oak note. A solid, gutsy red that offers a lot of character at a modest price. Now to 10 years. 14 per cent alcohol. 88/100 Food Pairing: barbecued sausages."


    • 2014 Little Demon Cabernet Merlot - 91 points (Australian Wine Showcase Magazine)