Styled originally after the great wines of the left bank of Bordeaux on France's southwest coast, the regions of Australia's southwest have also had great success with Cabernet dominant blends such as this. This wine is a classic in that mould, with the typical Australian richness of blackcurrant fruit overlayed with an air of the sophisticated characters these varieties deliver when grown in suitable locations and matured in intelligently chosen oak. The winemaking was straightforward. Each parcel of fruit was fermented on skins for up to 35 days then pressed when the fruit and tannin were in balance, with harder pressings kept separate. The individual parcels underwent malolactic fermentation in tank before being matured for twelve months in Bordeaux coopered French oak barrels - only 10% of which were new. The final blend was assembled in May 2013, given a light egg-white fining and bottled.
- WA - Other Western Australian
- Western Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
Dark cherry / garnet red. Purple hints.
Highly perfumed in its youth with lavender, and citrus peel elements. Behind that is classic cassis from the Cabernet and some earthy undergrowth characters from the Merlot.
Medium to full bodied, with a sweet juicy and expansive front palate. Serious, ripe and nutty structural tannins fill out the middle and a twist of blood-orange acidity freshens up the finish.
Drinking very well from release, but for those who appreciate maturity, it should happily reward cellaring past 2018.