2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
The vintage 2017 growing season was challenging in Margaret River. The annual mean temperature in 2016 was slightly higher than average (1.22⁰C), which is the highest on record. Rainfall over 2016 was below average and Spring was warm. Significant rainfall was welcomed (by us) in January and when more rain fell in mid March, it freshened up the vines for picking in the dry month of April, and the petit verdot was picked on 1st May.
The fruit was hand plunged in small batch open top fermenters with a total of 10 days on skins to achieve a brightly fruited wine with good flesh and a refined tannin profile. French oak barrels were used, 40% of which were new. The wine was aged in barrel for 16 months before extensive blending trials were undertaken to determine the composition for the 2017 vintage. The final blend is made up of 91% cabernet sauvignon, 6% malbec and 3% Petit Verdot.
The wine was bottled in January 2019 and sealed under screwcap closure.
On the nose there are varietal aromas of violets, blackcurrants/cassis, plum, cherry, mulberry and crushed wild herbs along with cedar, vanilla and spice from the French oak. the palate is rich and juicy with ripe berry fruits framed by silky tannins some mocha vanilla and a long satisfying finish.
Cellaring potential of at least 10 years.