Pierro Reserve Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2018

  • A fine and elegant entry.
  • salivating ripe cherry pastille and mulberry flavours.
  • Pairs well with a succulent rack of roast lamb seasoned with rosemary, garlic and achovies - chat potatoes with butter, dutch carrots and new season peas with mint.
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  • Huon Hooke
    97 points
  • James Halliday'
    95 points

Editors notes

Pierro Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is a benchmark Cabernet from the heart of Margaret River. Deep coloured with a fruity, leafy nose. Medium-bodied, with salivating ripe cherry pastille and mulberry flavours. The smooth tannin structure giving the wine the capacity to age a further 10 years or more.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blueberry
    • Boysenberry
    • Herbal
  • Palate
    • Blue Fruits
    • Cassis
    • Graphite

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Huon Hooke

    "(2017 vintage) Medium-depth ruby with the faintest tints of purple, a colour that is pale relative to most cabernets of its age. The bouquet is mellow and complex, subtle and well-rounded, with great harmony of mossy undergrowth aromas with cedar and tobacco and mellow red and blue fruits. There is a delicious fruit sweetness at the heart of the wine, the tannins fine and supple and perfectly judged to cleanse and dry the finish and add to its prodigious length. Great drinking already and for many years to come. A beautiful wine. (Includes small proportions of petit verdot and cabernet franc)."
  • James Halliday's Wine Companion

    "75.1/12.4/10/2.5% cabernet sauvignon/merlot/petit verdot/cabernet franc. Hand picked and destemmed. Up to 40 days on skins and matured in French oak for 18 months (60% new). For all the work in the winery, the fruit was clearly very gently handled, with judicious tannin extraction. Medium-bodied, supple, and texturally constructed of fine silk. Densely packed with berry flavour, and corseted by exotic spice, this is a supremely elegant wine."

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Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.

Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.

Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.

With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.

Western Australia

The wine regions of Western Australia are located in the southwest corner of the state. Among them, the famous Margaret River region boasts a warm maritime climate, situated around 200 kilometers south of Perth. Although it experiences higher levels of rainfall than other wine regions in Australia, the majority of it occurs during the winter months. Margaret River is renowned for its production of Cabernet Sauvignon, which is often blended with Merlot to create Bordeaux-style wines. Additionally, the region's Chardonnays are highly sought after due to their high natural acidity and concentrated stone-fruit aromas. These wines are further enhanced by malolactic fermentation and barrel aging, which lend complexity and depth to their flavor profiles.

In addition to Margaret River, the Great Southern region is also known for its wine production. This region includes subregions such as Frankland River and Mount Barker, where floral Rieslings, elegant Shiraz with peppery notes, and Cabernet Sauvignon are grown. Other wine regions in Western Australia include Blackwood Valley, Geographe, Peel, Pemberton, Manjimup, and Swan District.

Each of these regions has its own unique terroir, resulting in a diverse range of wines with distinct characteristics. From full-bodied reds to crisp whites, Western Australia has something to offer for every wine enthusiast.

Margaret River

Margaret River is the name of a river, town and key wine region. It is one of the younger viticultural regions in Australia, quickly gaining popularity for its world-class wine. Located 280km South of Perth in Western Australia, the first plantings were only made in 1967. The region has grown rapidly and is recognised as one of the great wine-producing regions of the world, with over 200 wineries in operation. Made up of predominantly boutique producers, with a number of big player wineries also, the region makes up only 3% of the Australian wine production, but commands over 20% of the premium wine market. The wineries in the region are vibrant, innovative and progressive in their approach to viticulture.

The Mediterranean style climate provides superior maritime growing conditions, with vines not affected by extreme summer and winter temperatures. The region is well known for producing outstanding red wines; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and to a lesser extent Shiraz, Tempranillo and Malbec. Both straight varietals and famous Bordeaux blends can be outstanding.

In the white wines, Chardonnays of great depth and character, and fresh Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends are the main varietals the region is famous for. Lesser quantities of Viognier, Riesling and Muscat are also produced.

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About the brand Pierro

Pierro Margaret River Vineyards in Willyabrup, Western Australia, aims to perfectly capture the magic of terroir, viticulture, and winemaking in its wine bottles. Combining passion, innovation, location, climate, and time, the wines of Pierro invariably impart a tangible trace of their idyllic place of origin – warm southern climes; ancient soils; healthy vines; and years of skilled, hands-on viticulture and winemaking. For more than four decades, Pierro has strived to fuse these elements to produce superior wines of singular extraction, character, and elegance. The winery’s quest for heightened quality continues with each vintage. Wines include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, a Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend, and more.

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