Eagle Vale Cabernet Merlot 2008

I tried this wine at a restaurant, where it was well priced and it's hard to get Margaret River cabernet too wrong in a good year like 2008 in that region.  I'd not heard of this producer before (not a hard state of affairs), but their website provides an accolade from James Halliday that it is "one of the 10 best new wineries in Australia".  Interest piqued, what then of their 2008 cabernet merlot?  It has an aroma of black fruits, light capsicum and oak.  Quite attractive.  On the palate, there's some fruit flavour there, but things unfortunately are rather plain and a little dilute.  Pleasant but a bit "whatever".  80 to 82 points.  (6.5-6.7/10)

Abv: 12.5%
Price: about $15
Would I buy it having tasted it?  No
Website: http://www.eaglevalewine.com
Margaret River
April 5, 2011

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