Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

$22.00

Grown on our Miamup Road vineyard in Margaret River. This wine exhibits red and black berry fruits with hints of regional mint and quality dusty oak. A stylish medium-bodied cabernet sauvignon with back forest fruits, olives and violet characters; rounded-out by a ripe and lingering, but persistent, gravelly finish.

A classic Margaret River style from a particularly good vintage.

James Halliday’s 2021 Wine Companion

91 points – Highly recommended – Drink to: 2024

“A smidgeon of malbec in the blend promotes some floral lift and a glossy sheen of blue fruits nestled amid cabernet’s currant, sage and green olive. This is straight shooting regional cabernet, highly reflective of place, and with that, rewarding.”

 

Tasting Notes

Cabernet Sauvignon

Description

Vineyard
Cabernet sauvignon grown on our Miamup Road vineyard, Cowaramup was given extensive attention to soil nutrition. Refined viticultural practices has resulted in fruit rich is red berry fruit flavours rather than the herbal green flavours associated with many Margaret River cabernet sauvignons. We also used a very portion of cabernet fruit grown on the Grace & White vineyard which, with its gravelly loam soils, imparts a desireable, grainy, tannin character. A small percentage of malbec grown on our Miamup Road vineyard, is used in the final blend.

Harvest

Entirely hand-harvested with the majority of fruit coming from our Miamup Road vineyard on 27 March 2018  – an ideal summer posing excellent conditions for red fruit ripening. A particularly good year. A lovely, medium-bodied varietal cabernet.

Winemaking
The fruit was cooled overnight before de-stemming and crushing. Fermentation began cool in 4 tonne open fermenters and hand plunged 4-5 times per day at a relatively moderate 24 degrees celcius over an 8-day period.  Following fermentation a small amount was transferred to new French oak to complete malolactic fermentation.  A decision to blend a small amount of malbec before bottling was intended to add depth and weight.

Nose
Red and black berry fruit with hints of regional mint and quality dusty oak.

Palate
A stylish medium-bodied, soft and juicy cabernet sauvignon with a medley of back forest fruits, olives and violet characters. Ripe and lingering with a persistent, gravelly finish – a classic Margaret River style.

Food
A softer style cabernet ideally suited to slow-cooked Osso Buco or savoury hard cheeses.

Cellaring
Showing excellent varietal cabernet flavour now, the wine will develop further softness in the medium term (3-4 years).

 

PREVIOUS AWARDS

 

Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Silver
Wine Show WA 2016

 

Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Silver
Perth Royal Wine Show 2016

 

‘The Tuarts’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
Silver Medal
Swan Valley & Regional Winemakers Association Show 2001

 

‘The Tuarts’ Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
BEST RED & Trophy
Swan Valley & Regional Winemakers Association Show 2000

 

Additional Information
Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 9 × 9 × 30 cm