Pair with flame grilled sirloin steak with a mushroom sauce.
Blend: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot
Located in the South West of Western Australia in the world-famous Margaret River region. Internationally recognized as one of Australia’s top growing regions for savory but supple reds and crisp wines of character and flavor – Margaret River is situated in a unique spot on the most western tip of Australia. Surrounded by two oceans – the Indian Ocean and Southern Ocean – Margaret River is stunningly beautiful. For the vineyards it is an exquisite environment – warm sunny mornings and cool afternoon breezes provide the best aspects of both warm and cool climates.
The Franklin Tate family believes this is the greatest wine region in Australia. John Tate along with his wife Toni and son Franklin, first went down to Margaret River to plant their first grapes in 1974. Over time John and Toni passed down a passion for growing and making Margaret River wine onto Franklin. In 2021, Franklin decided to expand his passion and tell his story, and the story of his parents, by founding Franklin Tate Estates. As he takes the knowledge and enthusiasm passed down to him, while he carves out his own path.
Committed to making wines of exceptional standing, redolent in character and truly expressive of the ‘terroir’ of the Margaret River wine region. FTE Director of Winemaking is Frederique Perrin. Formerly with LVMH, and most recently Cape Mentelle, she has travelled around the world making wine that truly represents the appellations from which the derive.
They are excited at the wines they are making, but in true modesty believe that the best is yet to come.
Home to some of Australia’s most elegant and long-lived red and white wines, Margaret River is situated in the farthest reaches of Western Australia. Relatively warm and dry, the region is cooled by breezes from the Indian Ocean. Margaret River takes some inspiration from Bordeaux, producing top-quality Cabernet Sauvignons and Bordeaux Blends with firm structure, mouthwatering acidity, balanced alcohol and notes of herbs and spice. For white wines, refreshing blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon as well as complex, age-worthy Chardonnays are regional specialties.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.