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.
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.
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.