Margaret River Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
About The Wine
This awesome oaked Margaret River Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 was basket pressed and matured in French oak for 18 months!! An approachable example of a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that displays tremendous plum and black current intensity through the mid palate with ripe and well-structured tannins. Its nose is mature and combines hints of cocoa and vanillin.
Comments from Wine Buyer Steve:
This is an unbelievably good, full bodied and aged Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River. It is a rich and full-bodied red with magnificent oak flavours and dark forest berries. This is a red to enjoy with a good steak or a rich pasta dish. Stunning! This is exceptional value at $20.00 per bottle as the winery sells it under brand at $40 per bottle.
My Score 96/100 WACC Trophy.
About The Producer
The producer of this wine was established in 1979, as an 11.8-hectare property, the vineyard is one of the earliest to be planted for grapes in the Margaret River region. This beautiful property was originally part of the group settlements established up by the then Premier of WA, Jimmy Mitchell’s government, at the end of the First World War, and was to be a “Gelignite Block”. Here explosives were to be stored for use by the pioneer soldier settlers to clear the massive Karri and Jarrah stumps.
The area is ideal for growing wine grapes – protection from strong winds by the surrounding Boranup State Forest, a climate mildly cooler than vineyards north of Witchcliffe, and terrain which steers autumn storms away from the vineyard. North/south slopes, gravelly Karri loam soil and a good water supply (McLeod’s creek runs through the property), combine to ensure gentle, even ripening of the fruit.
The first vines, comprising two hectares, were planted in 1980. Vines were planted every two or three years with the final two hectares being planted in 1995. There are now nine hectares of bearing grapevines.
About the region:
Margaret River is the major geographical indication wine region in southwest Western Australia, with 5,017 hectares under vine and 215 wineries as at 2012.Margaret River wine region is made up predominately of boutique size wine producers; although winery operations range from the smallest crushing 3.5 tonne per year to the largest around 7000 tonne.
The climate of Margaret River is more strongly maritime-influenced than any other major Australian region. It has the lowest mean annual temperature range, of only 7.6C, and for good measure has the most marked Mediterranean climate in terms of rainfall, with only 200 millimeters of the annual 1160 millimeters falling between October and April. The low diurnal and seasonal temperature range means an unusually even accumulation of warmth. Overall the climate is similar to that of Bordeaux in a dry vintage.
Although the region produces just three percent of total Australian grape production, it produces over 20 percent of Australia’s premium wine market. The principal grape varieties are fairly evenly split between red and white; Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Banc, Sémillon, Shiraz, Merlot, Chenin blanc and Verdelho.
Awards / Medal:
WACC Wine Buyer Steve Score 96/100 – WACC Trophy.