Red, Ready, but will improve

2007 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cab Sauv.

2007 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cab Sauv.

Red | Ready, but will improve | Leeuwin Estate | Code:  18254 | 2007 | Australia > Western Australia > Margaret River | Cab.Sauvignon | Full Bodied, Dry | 14.0 % alcohol

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OTHER - 5 Star Wine. Considerable gravitas here. Held back as long as Grange before release. Distinctive savoury black olive intense style with mineral/briary flavours and a solid core of oak and grape tannin built for the long haul. Drinking well on release. 2007 is a plush ripe tannic richly black fruited and cedar wine with a youthful firm finish and fine acidity. Australian in its rich fruit drive. The 2008 is savoury tapenade, tobacco, appealing just ripe black currant and fine oak aromas leading to a subtle palate with very fine tannins and subdued fruit running the length of the palate. Very Bordeaux in style
Rob Geddes, Australian Wine Vintages 2012

The Producer

Leeuwin Estate

Leeuwin Estate

Leeuwin Estate was purchased by Perth businessman Denis Horgan in the Margaret River region with a view to utilising it for cattle grazing. That was in 1969, but 3 years later Robert Mondavi visited the farm and immediately spotted the potential for wine production.

The farm quickly assumed the mantle of Australia's finest Chardonnay producer and its Cabernet Sauvignon became one of Western Australia's most sought-after reds. Some of the lowest yields in Australia and a near-perfect microclimate lie at the root of this estate`s success.

Oz Clarke has described the Chardonnay as Australia's "Montrachet", and few would beg to differ.

The Grape

Cab.Sauvignon

Cab.Sauvignon

The most famous red wine grape in the world and one of the most widely planted.

It is adaptable to a wide range of soils, although it performs particularly well on well-drained, low-fertile soils. It has small, dusty, black-blue berries with thick skins that produce deeply coloured, full-bodied wines with notable tannins. Its spiritual home is the Médoc and Graves regions of Bordeaux where it thrives on the well-drained gravel-rich soils producing tannic wines with piercing blackcurrant fruits that develop complex cedarwood and cigar box nuances when fully mature.

The grape is widely planted in California where Cabernet Sauvignon based wines are distinguished by their rich mixture of cassis, mint, eucalyptus and vanilla oak. It is planted across Australia and with particular success in Coonawarra where it is suited to the famed Terra Rossa soil. In Italy barrique aged Cabernet Sauvignon is a key component in Super Tuscans such as Tignanello and Sassicaia, either on its own or as part of a blend with Sangiovese.

The Region

Margaret River

Margaret River

Located on the most south-westerly point of Australia, three hours’ drive south of Perth, the Margaret River region sprang to life during the 1960s and 1970s as a result of Professor Harold Olmo’s and Dr John Gladstone’s research into the region’s viticultural potential. Consequently Vasse Felix was planted in 1967, Moss Wood in 1970 and Cullen in 1971. Since then the plantings have grown exponentially, while the number of wineries has increased six-fold. This explosion of wineries has perhaps been to the detriment of the wine quality.

Bounded to the west by the Indian Ocean and the 90km Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin promontory, the region enjoys a benign if damp maritime climate in which the vines rarely shut down, causing disrupted flowering (exacerbated by strong, westerly sea winds). Over the growing season it’s 16 percent hotter than in Coonawarra and 7% than the Médoc.

The Cape ridge is made up of lateritic clay topsoils over weathered granite and gneiss, giving fruit with a relatively high pH. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most fancied variety,producing a lush, early drinking style, followed by Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sémillon.

Recommended Producers: Cullen, McHenry Hohnen Vintners, Moss Wood, Cape Mentelle and Voyager Estate.

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