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RegionMargaret River, WA
WinemakerMatt Byrne
ColourInky purple red with a vibrant purple rim.
AromaThe darker Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon characters are evident in this wine from the exceptional 2012 vintage ? fresh blackberry, juicy mulberry and plum with lovely violet perfume and an elegant layer of cedar and freshly toasted savoury spices
PalateThe wine has lovely tannin structure which is critical to our style and a hallmark of this noble variety ? something that will also put it in good stead for extended cellaring.
Growing ConditionsThe 2012 vintage in Margaret River is the sixth consecutive outstanding vintage that the region has experienced. The lead up to vintage was dry and warm with only a couple of very warm spells which the vines handled well and are ideal for tannin maturation in our style of Cabernet Sauvignon
Vinification/MaturationHandpicked fruit was gently destemmed with the whole berries then being loaded into a small static fermenter. The must was cold soaked at 8C for 5 days pre-fermentation before being allowed to naturally warm up slowly with a wild fermentation start before being seeded with a neutral pure yeast strain. A strong, healthy fermentation followed. The fermentation lasted 10 days with the wine left on skins for an additional 12 days to achieve the desired structure and style. At pressing, it was decided that 100% of the pressings fraction was to be returned into the free-run to give body and balance. The wine then underwent malo-lactic fermentation in barrel and maturation for 17 months ? 100% very fine grained French oak hogsheads (300L). A light fining with fresh, local free-range egg whites was undertaken just prior to bottling followed by extended maturation in bottle prior to release in September 2015.
Alcohol/Vol14%
pH3.3pH
Acidity (TA)7.16 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date31-03-2015
Peak DrinkingWill cellar beyond 2028
Recommended Food PairingAustralian hogget blackstrap with mint sauce and seasonal vegetables.
Highly cellarworthy. Strong fruit and strong tannin. Cassis, gum leaf, smoky oak and gravel. Establishes its credential then settles in for the long, slow haul. It's in dock for now, its tannin coiled, its fruit stacked and stored. It will be many years before we see its best.
94 points
James HallidayWine Companion 2016
Evans & Tate cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($100) Superbly crafted wine based on some exceptional fruit from a very good vintage. Typically elegant and stylish, with subtle oak and fruit integration. The tannins are quite chalky and the oak liberal but not overplayed. Tightly held but that fruit sweetness is clearly evident within. (Best drinking: Now to 2030. Alc: 14%)
97 points
Ray JordanWeekend West Magazine

In celebration of an exceptional vintage for this noble variety and our home in the heart of the pristine Margaret river wine region. This wine is a testament to our region?s unique character and over 40 years of experience crafting award wining wines.

Weight 11 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm

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