Update- Tasted July 2020: Dylan Arvidson (Winemaker)
Bay leaf and coffee grinds, dark forest fruits and cassis, lots of plum and boysenberry, soft elegant tannins. Seems like a warmer year (it is) this wine fills the mouth. Good length driven more by fruit and tannin than acid.
Production – 730 dozen / 8760 bottles
Colour: Deep ruby red with brick red hues.
Bouquet: Dark, ripe forest fruits with cedar wood spice and herbaceous high notes.
Palate: Rich and concentrated, dominated by blackcurrant with notes of chocolate nibs and rich cedar oak. Long, fine tannins and berry acidity work together, giving the wine great poise, length and balance.
Harvest: Grapes were harvested April 3rd and 7th.
Vinification: A field blend of approximately 5% merlot grapes are added to the Cabernet Sauvignon.The grapes were destemmed and placed in two open fermenters where the must was inoculated with a neutral yeas and fermentation began. The cap was hand plunged four times a day in the early stages of the ferment, to extract deep colour and tannins. After 10 days the wine was drained and basket pressed off to tank to under go a malolactic fermentation which softens the acid. The wine was then racked to a mix of 50% new and 50% one and two year old French baroque’s and matured for 12 months. Blended and bottled in July 2005.
Technical Data: Alc. 14.5% pH 3.68 TA 5.9 g/l
2004 Vintage: Margaret River had a near ideal Spring, with adequate rand and an overall cool, mild growing season with only a few heat spikes, leading to a fine, mild autumn. The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon ripened slightly later in the season and achieved good ripe tannins, moderate levels of sugar and fine, ripe fruit flavours.
Vintage Rating: 9/10
Awards and Reviews:
Silver Medal – Royal Hobart Wine Show
Decanter Magazine- Three Stars
Bronze Medal – Rutherglen Wine Show
Bronze Medal – Qantas Wine Show of WA
Bronze Medal – Australian Small Winemakers
Bronze Medal – Macquarie Bank Royal Sydney Wine Show
Bronze Medal – Commonwealth Bank Margaret River Wine Show
90 points – Ray Jordan’s Wine Guide WA 2006/2007