The nose immediately demonstrates the key difference between Margaret River and the Great Southern with dusty and earthy aromas predominating over primary fruit characters. This wine defines the soil from which it came; the gravelly red dirt from which the vines struggle to emerge plant an imprint on the aromas and flavours of the grapes.
The palate is long and seductive without the powerhouse up-front fruit of the Leston but with more complex textural components and mature ripe tannins. This wine has extraordinary persistence of flavour. An outstanding example of old vine Great Southern Cabernet Sauvignon.
At completion of fermentation, the Cabernet Sauvignon is given some 15 days on skins after completion of fermentation to further develop the tannin profile prior to going to French oak barriques; 75% new 25% 1 year old. The wines were matured in the barrel for approximately 18 months. There was minimal fining and filtration performed.