Limited Release – Total Production 600 bottles.
Colour: Deep dark red.
Nose: Lifted aromas of traditional blackcurrant, cassis, hints of ripe raspberry with seductive clove and black olive tapenade and finishing with cedar woods and notes.
Palate: A rich mid palate dominated by blackcurrant and succulent red berry acidity, combine to create an elegant medium bodied wine, finishing with fine silky tannins. This exceptional wine can be enjoyed now, or will develop more complexity in the bottle – cellar up to 15 years.
Harvest: 16th March 2014.
Vinification: – The grapes were picked during the cool of the morning, sorted to remove berries that had not reach optimal ripeness, destemmed and placed in an open fermenter. Inoculated with a Bordeaux yeast strain to retain pure fruit aromas and hand plunged up to four times a day, for 12 days. An additional 15 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 then returned to 100% new French Barriques to mature for 16 months. Blended and bottled in November 2015 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. Cellaring 15+ year.
Technical Data: Alc. 13.9 % pH 3.57 TA 6.2 g/L
2014 Vintage: –The 2014 vintage represents the regions 8th successive year of favorable weather conditions across all varietals. There was minimal rain fall in the summer period, less than the average of 4%. The growing season was very typical of an excellent season, in terms of warm, sunny conditions with a mild ocean breeze, resulting in minimal disease pressure. There was ample Marri blossom thus bird damage was kept to a minimum, however we still netted the vines.
2014 Red Vintage Rating 9/10.
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. Our first Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in 2012. Again when we started blending the base blend for the 2014 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.
Awards and Reviews:
“2014 Cape Grace Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is impeccably styled, with beautiful balance and line through the palate. “I really like this.” Said McKenzie. “Violets on the nose. Rich ripe blackcurrant flavours with good acidity.” I found red fruit fragrances too, and a good fruit/oak balance. There’s plenty of fine, firm tannin. Enjoy it now or cellar.” Nick Bulleid MW
Top Western Australian Cabernet – 97 points Gourmet Traveller Wine Apr/May 2018 – Western Stars Panel Tasting – Peter Bourne, Sand McKenzie, Toni Paterson MW, Amanda Yallop and Nick Bulleid MW.
“Mighty impressive follow-up to the very good 2013. I reckon this one just shades that wine. It’s a limited production number that’s been given the kid gloves treatment in the winery, with hand plunging and basket pressing. Scented notes of heady blackcurrant and cedary with a palate that is deep concentrated black currants. Grainy tannins and well-weighted oak. Yep, you can drink it now, but really, give it time and you’ll see what a marvellous wine this will become. 96 points Cellar 15 years
Ray Jordan – The West Australian Wine Guide 2018
96 points – James Halliday – Wine Companion Website 2018 – Published 1st August 2018
A velour of massaged oak and grape tannins serves as an immaculate platform for billowing dark fruit allusions all, wrapped around a sprig of sage and bouquet garni. The finish is detailed, layered and palate-staining. Yet despite the wine’s persistence and penetrative length, it is no behemoth. Conversely, it is a caress of multifarious nuances and a build of sublime elegance across the mouth.