2020 Basket Pressed Cabernet Shiraz


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Production 500 dozen


Colour: Deep garnet.


Bouquet: Ripe aromas of dark plums, red currants, mulberries and hints of black pepper.


Palate: A generous rich palate showing the best of Cabernet and Shiraz from a warm vintage. Plump fresh blackberries, mulberries and spice from Shiraz with Cabernet giving blackcurrants a touch of earthiness and soft cocoa powder tannins. An easy drinking approachable softly structured wine for any day of the week.


Awards and Reviews: What a good value blended red wine this is. It’s a 50/50 split of these two bedfellows, delivering a soft and generous palate brimming with bright lifted fruit flavours. This is right on the money for drinking in the short term. Impossible to fault.  Score 92/100  Cellar 6 years  Ray Jordan


Vinification: The grapes were picked in the cool of the morning, destemmed and placed in two open fermenters. Innoculated with a neutral yeast and the cap plunged up to four times a day, by hand. After 10 days the wine was kept on extended skins for a further ten days. Then the wine was drained and the must basket pressed off to tank where it underwent a malolactic fermentation which softens the acid. The wine was then racked to a mix of one and two year old French barriques, then left to mature for 10 months. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Shiraz.  Bottled in July 2021.


2020 Vintage Rating 9/10 –.  After a wet winter, the region enjoyed an early start to the season, with warmer than average spring temperatures evolving into the perfect summer growing conditions. Low disease pressure, timely flowering of native Marri trees to keep the birds at bay and little to no rain meant that growers could literally “take their pick” when they wanted. Vintage 2020 in Margaret River was a real treat for viticulturists with the only downside of note being the lower than normal yields across all varieties, resulting in one of the smallest harvests in recent years. Yet here is the silver lining… the lower yields have resulted in exceptional fruit that is physiologically ripe and shows divine concentration of aromas and flavours. While the 2020 vintage from Margaret River will be in scarce supply, it will be a very special vintage to look out for.