Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot Malbec Margaret River Western Australia
One of the more profound Margaret River constructs of the complex Bordeaux blend, a cepage of Cabernet, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Combines the blueberry and blackcurrant fruit characters of Yallingup with violets and redcurrant from Cowaramup, generous fruit depth with soft oak influence providing a toasty, spicy background.
Bunches are destemmed into open fermenters and the juices seeded with pure yeast culture. Temperatures kept to a maximum of 30C and ferments hand plunged up to four times daily. As each batch reaches dryness it is tasted daily for tannin balance and pressed when the optimum has been reached. Skin contact ensues for a period of ten to fifteen days.Wines are racked to tank and allowed to settle before being racked off gross lees and seeded for malolactic. Upon completion all batches are racked, assembled and returned to barrel. After fifteen months maturation in a selection of new and seasoned French oaks, the wine is treated to a light skim milk fining, sterile filtered and bottled.
Youthful, deep brick red, in bright condition. Displays the classic ripe fruit aromas of each variety in the cepage. Cabernet Sauvignon shows blueberry and cedar, Petit Verdot is dark jube and confectionery, Malbec contributes ripe plum and earth. They combine with a very light oak background to exude a perfumed, lifted nose, juicy, sweet red and dark fruit flavours. Underneath are firm tannins, running right along the palate to a suitably balanced finish. Full body and sweet round flavours of cherry and other dark fruits, as well as melted chocolate, make the wine instantly appealing and easy to drink. The texture is luscious as malt biscuit and spicy oak flavours arise on the finish to complete a palate of balance and great length.