Evans & Tate E&T Cabernet Merlo​t 2017

Price : $15

VALUE FOR MONEY?

March 17, 2019

Evans & Tate is one of West Australia’s biggest selling wine brands, producing something like 400,000 cases a year. Today I’m reviewing the Evans & Tate E&T Cabernet Merlot 2017, which seems to be sold exclusively through Coles-owned liquor stores.

But first, a little history. Founders John Evans and John Tate bought a block of land in Margaret River in 1974 and planted vines the following year. However, it wasn’t until 1987 that the first wine was produced and by that time John Evans had already left the business. The brand was a huge success, with production jumping from 6,000 cases in 1987 to 150,000 cases by 1994. The company listed on the ASX in 1999, only to collapse eight years later under a $50 million debt pile.

The brand is now under the control of WA businessman Peter Foggarty, who owns a number of other wineries, including Lake’s Folly and Deep Woods. Fortunately, unlike other wineries that have found themselves caught up in corporate shenanigans (cough Rosemount cough), Evans & Tate seems to have hardly missed a beat. They are one of the more prominent producers at the “value end” of the market.

So, how’s this wine?

The Review: Evans & Tate E&T Cabernet Merlo​t 2017

It smells kinda stinky on opening. That sometimes happens with wines, so if that happens to you, just let it air for 20 minutes. After that, there is a lovely nose of cherries, blackberries, earth and bay leaf. It’ ok on the palate, but not great. The acidity feels a little rough and the tannins on the finish have a slightly astringent feel. Still, I’m making it sound worse than it is. Those are fairly subtle fllaws, really, and easy enough to ignore. It’s drinkable enough but nothing special. If you’re looking for a Cabernet-wine around this price, I’d suggest the Chappell Hill The Parson instead.

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  • Region: Western Australia

  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%

  • Liquorland
  • First Choice Liquor
  • Vintage Cellars

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