|Region||Margaret River, WA|
|Colour||Vibrant, deep purple/black with a dense purple rim.|
|Aroma||Dried herbs, redcurrant and floral notes with underlying characters of well seasoned cedar, savoury spice and tobacco leaf.|
|Palate||Seamless with tremendous length and intensity of flavour and a lovely savoury tannin grip that Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon is renowned for which adds texture and balance. Cool Cabernet characters of redcurrant, menthol and tobacco leaf overlay riper characters of cassis, green olive and blood plum to produce a medium bodied wine with remarkable depth and length of flavour. The ability for the wine to evolve into a tremendous aging style is a dedication to the quality of the fruit, the French oak used and the skill of the winemaker.|
|Growing Conditions||The dry, warm Spring of 2010 experienced in Margaret River coupled with a prolonged period of warm days (28-32øC) and warm nights from late Dec to early April resulted in an early vintage with quality good to excellent. This prolonged period of warm ripening conditions closed the gap between picks that are historically 2-3 weeks apart as in this vintage they were picked in the same week. Fruit from outside the Margaret River GI was also ripe 2-3 weeks earlier than average, resulting in a short, condensed WA vintage with a large cross-over of the white and red harvests.|
|Vinification/Maturation||In late March 2011, our finest parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested in the cool of the morning with a select batch being cold soaked separately on skins in the winery at 5øC for 4 days prior to fermentation. A select yeast strain was added immediately to the other batches, with each fermentation maximised to encourage yeast health and colour intensity and to ensure softness in the end wine. After fermentation, the cold soaked batch was pressed to tank to finish primary fermentation with all other batches spending an additional 20-25 days on skins. Once pressed, each batch - that represented an individual vineyard block - was racked separately off its lees into a combination of French oak barriques (225L) and hogsheads (300L) barrels of which 35% were new where they underwent short malolactic fermentation. After 12-18 months in barrel, and being racked every 3 months, each individual batch, and each barrel within each batch, was individually tasted and assessed to determine the composition of the final blend. The wine was then carefully blended following these trials and lightly fined before being filtered once and undergoing maturation in bottle.|
|Acidity (TA)||7.11 g/L|
|Bottles per Case||2|
|Peak Drinking||Will cellar beyond 2025|
|Recommended Food Pairing||Aged vintage cheddar cheese and wild-rice crackers|
A decidedly restrained wine that shows spicy, tobacco- like oak notes swirled through just ripe plum and more floral scents. Plenty of perfume and flavour, but sits tight and trim in the palate, finishing with a building chalkiness that bodes well for the future.
Wonderfully bright crimson; the bouquet is equally attractive and varietally expressive, a theme that continues through the palate and into the finish; cassis fruit has a subtext of leaf, black olive and earth that adds to, rather than detracts from, the wine. Has the elegance to carry it for many years to come.
New packaging for these Redbrook wines. They just love tweaking the packaging over at McWilliams. Red fruits, chocolate and that regional wet cement/nori thing. Medium bodied, with plum, red fruits and chocolate, even weight, balanced acidity and gentle rasp of tannin – perhaps it lacks some depth/concentration, though that may well form part of its charm for some – then a pretty good clean finish. Nice wine, made in the modern- restrained-accessible style.
An imposing statement of Margaret River cabernet sauvignon from this outstanding season. Opens with a classic wave of Marg’s blackcurrant and black olive fruit with a lifted overlay of mintiness. The palate is deeply intense and supported by ripe, precise tannins. Plenty of oak has been ladled into but the balance has been struck perfectly. Built for extended cellaring.
Evans & Tate found its home at Redbrook vineyard in 1974, when it was initially planted to dry-grown Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Nestled in the heart of the Wilyabrup wine region in Margaret River, Redbrook represents a range crafed from only the most exceptional fruit parcels of the vintage that enable a bold, thought provoking expression of Margaret River and Evants & Tate. Consistently producing powerful wines full of rich fruit character, if cellared correctly, these beautiful wines will continue to reward for many years to come.
|Dimensions||25 x 11 x 36 cm|