Trophy – Jimmy Watson Winner for Best Young Red
Trophy – Best Cabernet Sauvignon
2018 Royal Melborne Wine Awards
Full-bodied yet refined, the lively palate offers a core of inky forest fruits, boysenberries and blackcurrant pastilles framed by understated cedar/spicy oak. The wine has a wonderful density, is well structured and layered with plump, jubey fruits, ripe tannins and a lingering Cabernet finish.
The 2016 growing season began with an early budburst after a relatively mild winter with reasonable rainfall. The beautiful spring weather which followed which led to good flowering/ fruit set and improved yields for most varieties in the region. Fine, warm weather during summer saw sugar accumulation accelerate quickly in the whites, until a significant rain event mid-January stalled the ripening process until the fine weather returned soon after. While the unusual January rain did present some challenges in the vineyard, it was certainly welcomed by the reds which were just beginning veraison. The warm, dry weather throughout February was fantastic, ensuring the whites achieved flavour ripeness and enabling the reds to attain flavour and tannin ripeness at full physiological maturity.
57% of the blend was estate grown on our Boodjidup and Stevens Road vineyards in the Wallcliffe sub-region of Margaret River. The remainder was predominantly sourced from established Margaret River Grower vineyards in Wallcliffe (18%), Wilyabrup (13%), and Treeton (5%) and supplemented with small parcel of fruit from and from Geographe (7%)
Cabernet Sauvignon (92%) Malbec (5%) Petit Verdot (3%)
“This wine requires few words. Beautiful blackcurrant fragrance typical of its place. Round and rich, everything in tune in the mouth. Wonderful long, fine, seamless balance. So drinkable. This is the best Cabernet in the world at the price.” – 97 Points Rob Palandri, Western Suburbs Weekly
“Perfume, baking spice, mint, boysenberry, milk chocolate. Medium-bodied, perfume and dried herbs in a core of red and black fruit, open weave but fine grained tannin, fresh and bright, but with a good amount of bass. Finish is long and well-defined, the tannin lending confident grip as it goes down. Excellent.” – 95 Points Gary Walsh, Winefront.