2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietals (%’S): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appearance: Rich dark red with black tints.
Aroma: Aromas of raspberry, blackcurrant, mulberry and bay-leaf with lifted, perfumed notes of violet, vanilla bean, dark chocolate and cedary oak spice.
Palate: More medium than full-bodied, this wine shows an array of blue and black fruit sweetness on the mid-palate, with classical cassis and mulberry notes to the fore. Savoury notes of tobacco leaf, bay leaf and thyme combine with hints of raspberry, dark chocolate and graphite to add depth and complexity. A refreshing acid line provides poise and length, while an array of fine, wet-gravel tannin provides structure and form.
Winemaking: Fruit sourced from various blocks – so a combination of hand and machine picked fruit was destemmed to a combination of open and static fermenters. Generally, ferments were cold soaked, with a controlled ferment allowing for considered and gentle maceration on skins. Wines spent somewhere between 2-6 weeks on skins depending on the parcel and fermenter, with MLF complete before pressing off skins to tank for a quick settle before racking to oak. Wines then spent the next 18 months in oak with no racking or movement – just a monthly topping. Cabernet blends were assembled in December 2018 according to barrel selection, prior to a light egg fining, long-term settle in tank and filtration before bottling in May 2019.
Oak Detail: 18 months maturation in a combination of new (30%) and seasoned French oak barriques.
Cellaring: Tannins are plentiful – providing a structural framework to the wine and ensuring good cellaring potential of 8-12 years, however they are sufficiently matured to allow for immediate enjoyment.
Food Pairing: Drink with medium-rare roasted rack of lamb with crispy, duck-fat potatoes and salsa verde.
Alcohol Volume: 14.0%
Acidity: pH 3.7 TA 5.7 g/L
Residual Sugar: 0.4 g/L
Awards & Ratings:
- Gold – 2019 Margaret River Wine Show
- Silver – 2020 Halliday Cabernet Challenge
- Bronze – 2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2019 Wine Show of WA; 2020 Wine Show of WA; 2020 Royal Perth Wine Show; 2020 Margaret River Wine Show.
Gold, 95pts: "19 months in French oak, 33% new. It's fluid, well fruited and well structured. It offers blackcurrant, tobacco, cedar wood and bay leaf flavours, all of which ripple beautifully out through the finish. Gold medal Margaret River Wine Show '19. Drink by 2034." Campbell Mattinson, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion.
95pts: "A tailored wine with quality fruit accented by flecks of oak. Plush red fruits are enhanced by bay leaves and sage, and a touch of pimento adds freshness and energy. The palate is soft and agreeable with excellent intensity. I liked the wine’s intense red and black fruits, and touch of green capsicum. The tannins are quite firm, yet the concentrated flavours carry them, maintaining balance. It will age well." Toni Paterson, Gourmet Traveller 'Best of the West', 20 August 2021.
Silver, 93+pts: "There’s a cool profile to this cabernet sauvignon but it feels ripe and has both balance and length on its side. This is a wine for those who enjoy liberal herb notes through their cabernet, mixed with gravel, though before anyone gets the wrong impression let me emphasise that a beautifully pure line of kirsch/blackcurrant fruit flavour is the flavour-backbone of this wine, and is the main driver of its quality. There are floral, violet-like notes here too, along with musk, aniseed and vanillin, though the latter notes are integrated and subtle. This is a cabernet destined to mature beautifully. 2023-2030+" Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, 15 March 2021.
"Highly perfumed, lovely, fine tannin, succulent and long and luxurious. Supple flow, lavish and delicious in its feel, choc-berry flavours, green tea and bay leaf, light sea spray notes. Very pleasing here, very good wine of poise and character. - made the top 50 re-tasting." Mike Bennie, WA Good Food Guide Wine of the Year Awards 2020.