The Cabernet fruit for this wine comes from two separate blocks our oldest block that is on the top of a rocky ridge with soil made up of gravel over deep clay and the new block with a North facing aspect. Block 32, the old block, brings structure and definition, the new “Ray’s” block brings the depth and weight of fruit. Careful additions of organic inputs such as compost and fish emulsions encourage enough growth to fully ripen the fruit. A dry warm Spring and Summer meant it was tracking early but a tropical rain event in February which saw 80 mm across the region pushed back harvest dates slightly. The reds appreciated this rainfall. The slower than usual ripening allowed for better flavour development. This allowed for the Cabernet to slowly develop its quintessential dark fruit characters and deep rich flavours.
Colour : Intense deep crimson
Aroma : A fragrant wine, displays aromas of plums, blackcurrant, mulberry, black olives, tobacco, bay leaf. The savoury notes of fine grained oak add complexity, whilst a touch of char and vanilla adds depth.
Palate : This is quintessentially Margaret River. The palate is soft, supple and generous, with a fresh cherry and juicy fruits of the forest core engulfed in fresh tobacco nuances with smoky undertones. Medium bodied, entwined with chocolate and black olive. A fine tannin structure and fine acid create a structure for the red fruits and the black currant to develop and cover the mouth. A long and satisfying fruit finish.
This is a wine that will reward long term cellaring.
Current Vintage – 2017