Aromas of black, blue and red berries are seasoned with sweet mint, freshly rubbed savoury herbs, vanilla and mocha.
The fruit weight is opulent, even dense and the tannins whilst explicit, are fine and supple. This wine is definitively Cabernet – fine, pure and perfumed, with great length of flavour, balance and poise.
The 2014 vintage from the Margaret River region has extended the succession of highly rated vintages since 2007. Solid winter and early spring rains sustained ground water and vine growth through what was to be a very dry and warm summer.
Whilst noticeable, the native marri blossom was not enough to sate the resident bird populations and nets were deployed. The autumn pattern settled into long and still sunny days separated by cool nights. Under these conditions, the red varieties bathed in the subtle and enriching warmth of a classic autumn. With plenty of time to develop, both fruit flavours and tannins are ripe and supple.
Harvest occurred late March 2014. Small parcels are hand-picked and sorted to remove matter other than grapes before fermentation. Fermentation occurred in headed-down closed stainless and small open vat steel fermenters.
In the temperate climate of the Margaret River region, Cabernet Sauvignon is at home. During the vinification process, selected parcels remained on skins post fermentation to further enhance the tannin profile while others were pressed at dryness to capture fruit vibrancy. Each batch is matured separately in order to build a wine history over time. Selected parcels remained on skins post the fermentation to further enhance the tannin profile while others were pressed at dryness to capture fruit vibrancy. Each batch is matured separately in order to build a wine history over time.
10 – 20 years