This is a wine in a remarkable run of form. I'm not sure there is a better value Cabernet Sauvignon in Australia but if you know of one please let me know!
The wine has a deep red colour with a mauve hue that looks simply brilliant in the glass. The nose has complex and intriguing dried sage while aniseed and violet aromas whisper through deeper notes of blackcurrant, dark chocolate and candied orange peel. A sophisticated lick of French oak provides hints of graphite and vanilla. The palate shows beguiling cranberry and blackberry flavours and an invigorating tangy acidity combine seamlessly to provide great intensity and succulence, whilst ultra-fine, structural tannins draw the palate to a tight, dry and delicate, perfumed finish.
Awards and Accolades
2014 Vintage: 95 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion "Interesting, very interesting. The colour, the freshness of the aromas and flavours, the finely sculpted tannins and the overall harmony suggest 13.5% alcohol, not 14.5%. All this conjecture is, of course, irrelevant: it is the outcome that matters - here a distillation of elegance."
2014 Vintage: 94 Points - Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front "This release is bang on. It’s curranty, it’s tannic, it’s varietal, it’s soft, it’s satisfying. You can ask for little more. There’s little point defining the ins and out; it’s a ‘buy’, if you’re in the market for such things."
From the Winery
Cabernet parcels grown in the coastal, northern reaches of Margaret River on ancient, well drained gravel loam soils produce wines of great varietal purity and character. These wonderful, often tiny, vineyard sections are individually fermented using indigenous yeasts, with many experiencing maceration periods of up to 30 days. Natural fermentation and extended maceration are coupled with traditional oxidative handling to clearly define the intricate personality of each vineyard site before blending. Malbec complements and enhances the Cabernet profile.
Another text-book vintage in Margaret River with consistent, almost rhythmic temperature patterns throughout the ripening season, resulting in excellent balance and physiological ripeness of fruit. Reasonable yields were obtained despite a handful of blocks being exposed to heavy storms in Spring reducing their cropping potential, but overall quality is excellent.
Don't Pay: $42.00
WBW Rating: 96/100
Region: Margaret River, WA
Winemaker: Virginia Willcock
Drink now until: 2026
Alc/Vol: 14.5 %
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