Limited Release – Total Production 46 dozen.
Colour: Deep crimson
Nose:Brooding aromas of cassis black cherries and dark chocolate evolving with time in the glass.
Palate:Refined and delicate on the palate showing all the hallmarks of great Cabernet. Dark plums, rhubarb and red currents with savory notes of olives. Cedar and a touch of vanillin peak out from fine grained new French oak adding a sweetness to the palate. Silky smooth tannins and a bright acidity tell true to the pedigree of this wine and its aging potential.
Harvest:Grapes were harvested on 18th April 2017.
Vinification: Pristine Cabernet Sauvignon fruit was picked in the cool of the morning. It was then placed in open fermenters and macerated on skins for 24 days. The cap was lovingly hand plunged four times a day in the early stages of the ferment, to extract colour and tannin. The free run juice was drained and the fermented grapes were basket pressed to tank. The wine under-went a malolactic fermentation which softens the acid. The wine was then racked to French barriques, (50% new and 50% one and two year old) and matured for 16 months. Blended and bottled in December 2018.
Technical Data: Alc. 13.8 % pH 3.6 TA 5.8 g/L
2017 Vintage: The spring of 2016 was much cooler and wetter and this combined with the cooler conditions in early 2017 have seen Vintage 2017 be a more traditional vintage. Most white varieties yields were strong and harvest began later in February and well into March capturing the bright, aromatic aromas. The slower ripening has resulted in superb whites with excellent flavour profiles.
Vintage Rating: 8/10
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. Our first Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in 2012. Again when we started blending the base blend for the 2017 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
“18 months in new French oak. 600 bottles made. 2017 was a cool and wet year in Margaret River, and for those who managed their vineyards with care and courage, it was a triumphant year. This wine is elegant and layered, with a supple, medium-bodied claret character. Red berries, salivating, briny acidity and very fine tannins are the making of this wine.”