Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot Malbec Cabernet Franc Margaret River Western Australia
A complex cepage of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a balance of Merlot, totted up by smaller portions Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, sourced from neighbouring properties at Yallingup, the northernmost district of Margaret River. Particular attention is paid to inclusion of fruit from auspicious gravelly soils. Fashioned to retain youthfulness and fruit integrity, even after an extended ageing in French oak, a medium bodied, contemporarily styled Margaret River claret style to be enjoyed alongside meats with rich sauces or ripe, pungent cheese.
Around the vineyards, meticulous management of bud numbers through shoot thinning, achieves a balanced canopy and full fruit ripeness. Varieties come off in an orderly manner and the winemakers are rewarded by harvests of the finest quality. Each parcel is gently crushed into small open fermenters with traditional heading down boards under strictly controlled temperatures. Gentle extractions, always the priority at Forester, are achieved by daily drainings away from the skins and returning back. Batches are pressed to fermenters before being sent to a selection of seasoned and new, exclusively French oak barriques for completion of ferments, malolactic and eighteen months maturation. Alcohol 14.0%
Medium red colour, purple hues. Clean, aromatic and complex, the classic Margaret River characters of currants, bay leaf and dank earth, a perfumed lift with red berry, cocoa and fine cedar oak. Medium bodied palate with on a length of suede tannins, currant, blackberry and red berry fruit flavours, underlying cedar oak and floral musk like perfume supported by lovely gentle tannins. A smooth, firm finish.