Limited Release – Total Production 600 bottles.
Colour: Deep dark red.
Nose: starts with cassis and dark forest fruits with some briary touches moving to rich blackcurrant with notes of cedar.
Palate: forest fruits, wild mushroom and blackcurrant leaf on the palate. Well structured and poised.
Harvest: 29th March 2012.
Vinification: The grapes were picked during the cool of the morning, sorted to remove berries that had not reached optimal ripeness, destemmed and placed in an open fermenter. Inoculated with a neutral yeast strain to retain pure fruit aromas and hand plunged up to four times a day, for 12 days. A further 10 days on skins ensured further gentle extraction of colour and flavour and more complex tannins. The wine was then gently basket pressed direct to barrel for malolactic fermentation. Once racked the wine was returned to a mix of 50% new and 50% one year old French barriques to mature for 16 months. Blended and bottled in November 2013 with the use of no fining agents to ensure fruit purity was retained. This exceptional wine can be enjoyed now; or will develop more complexity in the bottle with careful cellaring for up to 15 years
Technical Data: Alc. 13.5 % pH 3.58 TA 6.1 g/L
2012 Vintage: This was arguably one of the best vintages for red wine in the last decade. There was slightly above average rainfall and then the weather turned warm and dry in January. All varieties were able to proceed at a steady but leisurely pace to full ripeness. The warmer weather did bring the vintage around 2 weeks earlier but this was no problem as tannins achieved full ripeness early in the season. There was an abundant blossoming of Marri leading into and during vintage, which kept birds away and little to no disease was present.
Winemaker’s notes: Robert’s long term vision was to make a Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and in order to do so we had to wait until the vines had reached a maturity that enabled them to provide a concentration of fruit on which to base this Reserve wine. The opportunity presented itself; when we started blending the base blend for the Cabernet sauvignon, two barrels in particular possessed superior concentration, elegance and balance. It was clear the wine would benefit from a further 4 months in oak. What we obtained after these 4 months is what we believe to be the purest and most exemplary example of Cabernet Sauvignon from Cape Grace, it has unsurpassed concentration and power yet it is balanced, structured and poised.
2012 Red Vintage Rating 10/10.
Awards and Reviews:
James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2017
Cape Grace has fulfilled its desire to make a Reserve cabernet, a two-barrel selection from the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, held for an additional 4 months in barrel after the Estate had been bottled. It is a beautiful wine, graceful and elegant, the balance utterly exceptional. 97/100 cellar to 2032
Ray Jordan – The Weekend West Australian 21st November 2015
” A stylish and perfectly poised wine from a single vineyard at Cape Grace. Gorgeous perfumed aromas of leafy black fruits and cedary oak. The palate has been brilliantly created with great fruit concentration supported by fine oak and slightly chalky tannins. The best wine yet from Cape Grace. Best drinking now to 2030″ 97 points.