Nose: Red & dark berries, black olive, cedar, dark chocolate
Palate: Savoury, elegant, complex, structure & balanced, fine
Food match: Wagyu fillet with green peppercorns
Oak: Tight grain French oak, 16 months, 50% new
Colour: Dark red
A cooler than average growing season commenced late with perfect flowering and excellent fruit set. The resulting potentially high yields were crop-thinned pre-veraison. Late summer and autumn were cooler and wetter than average, delaying the start of harvest. The milder ripening weather allowed for intense varietal character development, fine tannins and well-balanced acidity.
2016: Pristine fruit and infinite drinkability characterise our Cabernets from the 2016 vintage. This is a medium bodied wine with great structure, complexity and depth of flavour, helped along by a near perfect growing season and an exceptional autumnal harvest period. Displaying dark berry fruit character, the gravelly, earthy notes so intrinsic to our region and excellent oak integration with hints of cocoa and cedar, the wine's balance, even at this early stage bode well for a long, elegant future. Drink now - 2036
2015: A challenging growing season providing low yields and consistently warm temperatures leading to early tannin ripeness. The result is a wine of great structure, complexity and depth of flavour, yet also displaying elegance and balance. Complex aromas of black fruits, notes of mocha and dusty oak follow through on the palate with a core of vibrant sweet black fruits, graphite nuances, hints of cocoa and cedar. Will reward cellaring up to 20 years.
2014: A complex bouquet of dark berry fruits with hints of violets, cocoa and cedar. The palate displays a core of vibrant sweet black and red berry fruit with earthy gravelly nuances contributing a nice savoury element to the wine. Hints of cedar and chocolate add further complexity and texture with great length and balance, supported by fine-grained tannins and seamlessly integrated French oak. Drink now to 2034.
2013: Lifted briary aromas with hints of spice, dark chocolate and black berry fruits. The palate displays sweet dark berry fruit with earthy gravelly notes. Hints of cedar and bay leaf add a nice savoury element to the wine. The wine is rich and complex with great length and balance supported by fine grained tannins and seamlessly integrated French oak. Drink now to 2028.
2012: A lifted bouquet displays dark and red berry fruits with hints of dusty oak and cedar. The palate displays sweet dark and red berry fruit with earthy gravelly notes. Hints of graphite and bay leaf add a savoury element to the wine. The wine is rich and complex with great length and balance supported by fine-grained tannins and seamlessly integrated French oak. Drink now to 2027.
2011: The warm growing season provided ideal conditions to craft a rich, complex Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. Currently sitting in a superb drinking window, with juicy, sweet dark berry fruit notes still in prime position and just a hint of what’s to come as the wine softens into earthy, chocolatey maturity. Thewine's richness, complexity and elegant, chalky tannins are best exposed by decanting.
2010: From a near perfect growing season, this is a complex and beautifully balanced wine displaying lifted dark berry fruit, earthy tones, dark chocolate and bay leaf. Fine, layered tannins, seamlessly integrated French oak and extraordinary length complete the package which will only improve with age. Drink now to 2030.
2009: Using one of our highest ever percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend has created a structural, rich, yet balanced wine with exceptional length and longevity. Dark cassis and mulberry fruits, savoury dark chocolate, bayleaf and soft spice notes, fine grained tannins and seamlessly integrated toasty oak. Drink now to 2029.
2008: Ripe, soft dark berry fruit, black olives and characteristic Margaret River bay leaf notes dominate in this low yielding, warm season wine. A wine of great fruit complexity, now nicely softening into secondary character, with ripe, chunky tannins and a savoury, toasty oak influence. Drink now to 2023.
2007: A concentrated wine of dark berry fruit intensity, dusty, gravelly notes with some savoury bayleaf and dark chocolate character. The palate is rich in dark berry fruit, savoury and spice notes together with seamlessly integrated French oak and structural tannins which play testimony to the warm growing season. Drink now to 2025
2005: One of our most Bordeaux-like Cabernets, this is a layered, complex wine displaying lovely dark fruits in the blackberry spectrum, savoury bayleaf character and hints of chocolate, balanced by finely integrated French oak. The soft, chalky tannins encourage drinking now, but will reward those who can cellar a little longer.