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2014 Wallcliffe Cabernet, Cabernet Franc

2014 Wallcliffe Cabernet, Cabernet Franc
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Wallcliffe Cabernet & Cabernet Franc is the purest expression of Margaret River

From select vintages, our Cape Mentelle Wallcliffe red blend showcases the exceptional affinity of our terroirs with the classic grape varieties. We look to produce a true celebration of each vintage and present the best possible parcels from each vintage year. Explore our diverse and surprising Margaret River terroir with Cape Mentelle Wallcliffe red blend.

On the nose, top notes of juicy cranberries and red fruit compote from our best old vines of Cabernet Franc marry with comforting warm spices and hints of applewood smoke to invite the first sip. Intense and complex, the core aromas are of black tea, prunes, juniper berries and sweet cinnamon.
Deep and dark, this medium bodied wine takes you from plum pudding and nutmeg to a smoky and silky mid-palate. The wine is generous, round, intense and open for its age; with notes of dried flowers, chocolate, coffee and pipe tobacco. The oak frames the wine without austerity, leading to a long velvety finish.
Cabernet Sauvignon 54%, Cabernet Franc 38%, Merlot 5%, Shiraz 3%
While 2014 produced generous and open wines which can easily be enjoyed in their youth, we expect patience will be rewarded with a cellaring potential of 10+ years.
Food Pairing Notes
The richness and openness of this wine will accompany any slow cooked meat dish and will complement a touch of sweetness. We recommend slow cooked pork with honey and herbs, fillet of venison with truffle mash or a simple homemade eggplant parmigiana on fresh pasta.
The Vineyard
Sourced from our long established vineyards in Margaret River. This area exhibits the classic gravelly lateritic soils that drain to the west and the microclimate is strongly influenced by the Indian Ocean only 5 km away. These vineyards are manually cane pruned, meticulously treated as individual vines throughout the season and hand harvested in 6.5 kg crates that allow each section to be handled with all the particular care it deserves.
The Season
Margaret River experienced one of the warmest vintages on record, on a par with the very warm 2011 vintage. White varieties were all harvested in a rush and look fantastic, with the fruit all in the winery by the end of February. The red varieties enjoyed a long, warm, ripening season that ensured beautiful mature tannins and bright varietal fruit flavors.
After destemming, individual berry sorting and light crushing, single vineyard batches were fermented on skins for up to 30 days. At the desired balance of fruit and tannin extraction, each batch was gently basket pressed, with harder pressings kept aside. The individual parcels were racked to oak following pressing for malolactic fermentation. The wines were matured for 18 months in selected coopered barriques of which 40% was new.

Huon Hooke

Deep red colour with good purple tinges. The nose is all blackberry, blackcurrant and cassis - very cabernet, ripe and clean and attractive, with a sheen of classy oak. In the mouth, it's full-bodied and ripe; rich black fruits rather than red; powerful and fleshy, with high extract. An absolute ripper of a cabernet. It will cellar beautifully.


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