Gorgeous blue and black fruits on the nose with some eucalyptus, blackcurrant and blueberry aromas alongside rose petals and soft exotic spices - smells absolutely divine. Sharp and high toned on the palate, this is a bit closed right now, it's on the delicate side. Very refined and gentle, you get the blackcurrant and blackberry elements with a hint of violets carried along the palate by fine and powdery tannins. The wood elements take over a little bit and closes down the fruit expression, stopping the enjoyment a little short at this stage. This feels very well worked however, it has beautiful purity to the red fruits, and a lovely overall elegance.
Drink 2023 - 2045
Georgina Hindle, Decanter.com (Jul 2022)
Clarity and nuance, silky tannins, herb-strewn, full of life and character and nuance, a whole other level of Cabernet Sauvignon, reflecting this unusual site. Blue fruits dominate over the darker cassis, adding freshness and keeping the rich concentration at arms length until the layers build through the palate. Smoked oak on the finish but it is barely discernable against the depth of fruit and minerality. Love this. Harvest April 13 and 16, 3.96ph. Just under 1,900 bottles produced.
Drink 2023 - 2040
Jane Anson, janeanson.com (Jul 2022)
The gently fragrant and refined 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon offers up a wonderful core of fruit aromas including red and black currants, and touches of gravel lifted by a leafy/herbal complexity. Excellent fruit definition and focus are well matched to classy small French oak. A silky yet firm palate follows that is vibrant and fresh with superb layers of blackcurrant and liquorice flavours that drive through to a long and fine finish with exceptional balance throughout.
Drink 2022 - 2034
Angus Hughson, vinous.com (Sep 2022)
About this WINE
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.
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.