Cabernet Sauvignon Great Southern Western Australia
The Forest Hill philosophy is to make individual wines of the highest quality which can express the distinctive regionality of Mount Barker. They have taken aim to produce an approachable, understated Cabernet that's a pure expression of the unique blocks that lie within the forty year old Forest Hill vineyard. An exuberant wine displaying intense layers of plump black fruits, chocolate box aromas and well integrated, luxuriously tight grained oak. An accomplished Cabernet of finesse and elegance, of power and suitably vigorous varietal definition.
Forest Hill's timeline with Cabernet Sauvignon goes back to the original two hectares of planting in 1965, when the earliest batches of fruit were vinified at Houghton's. Forest Hill choose to dry grow their vines, believing it to be a major contributor to vine health and concentration of fruit flavour. As the vineyard developed and more vines were planted, Forest Hill began to be recognised throughout Australia as a producer of very high quality fruit and the backbone behind some of WA's most famous wines. The unique attributes of the region were recognised by the late Robert Holmes à Court who, in 1989 purchased Forest Hill as the oldest vineyard in the Great Southern to complement his ownership of Vasse Felix.
Deep red, purple hue. Lifted aromas of dark berries with hints of dry tobacco leaf, earthy undertones and savoury notes add complexity, subtle spices evolve. Medium bodied palate with a firm rich mouthfeel, a wine of considerable intensity and concentration, flavours of black and mulberry, tobacco leaf and subtle earth characters carry through onto the palate. Slightly dusty, chewy tannins, well integrated with good middle palate richness and definition.