The bouquet is rich with inky cassis, redcurrant, maraschino cherry, tobacco leaves and deep
fried sage. Subtle mocha and a sweetness from the vanillin oak complement the fruit aromas.
Full bodied with assertive, brick dust tannins. The dense palate is dark and brooding with
blackberry, blueberries and couverture. Oak integration is seamless. There is a sense of both
elegance and power; the flavours deepen and spread across the palate, freshened with
balanced acidity, building to a tight and fine pure cabernet finish.
The warm spring and summer with no extremes in temperature meant that the canopies
were in incredibly good condition at harvest. The lead up to picking saw perfect days and
nights with no rain. An early red vintage saw the cabernet picked 7 – 10 days earlier than
average which resulted in rich, ripe wines showing classic Margaret River varietal character.
All the individual vineyards that contribute to this Cabernet Sauvignon were vinified
separately. After fermentation on skins the malolactic fermentation was conducted both in
tank and in barrel prior to barrel maturation. Maturation occurred in our favourite French
tonnellerie’s barriques for 24 months (30% new oak). The length of time in oak is important
for the integration of the oak and fruit tannins in the wine.
Brick red with a purple hue.
Saltimbocca alla Romana served with soft parmesan polenta.