|Region||Margaret River, WA|
|Colour||Deep, vibrant purple red with a bright red rim.|
|Aroma||The purity and intensity of Cabernet fruits on this wine is remarkable. Bright notes of redcurrant and ripe plum overlaid by subtle leafy and cassis notes with a touch of classy French oak make it unmistakably Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon.|
|Palate||Pure red berry fruits on the front palate, a fleshy cassis flavoured mid palate and a finish with lovely freshness and a subtle tannin grip that the best young Cabernet Sauvignon wines from Margaret River are renowned for. Elegant, long and seamless.|
|Growing Conditions||The dry, warm Spring of 2010 experienced in Margaret River coupled with a prolonged period of warm days (28-32C) 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||The 2011 vintage in Margaret River was exceptional and comparable to the excellent 2007 ? especially in regards to the quality of the red wines, and in particular Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2011 Breathing Space Cabernet Sauvignon is a first for Evans & Tate and is unique in that it is grown and made to be released as a Margaret River Cabernet in its youth. To achieve this, the fruit grown for this wine shows lovely soft tannins at full ripeness along with ripe, intense flavours and a fleshy texture ? all hallmarks for this style. The fruit was picked in the coolest part of the night and brought to the winery to be cold soaked in a fermenter for 4 days at 10C. It was then allowed to undergo fermentation on skins for 10 days for a total of 14 days on skins. The must was aerated 3 times daily throughout fermentation along with seed removal before being pressed off skins to barrel. The wine was matured for only 12 months in a combination of new (15%) and old French oak barriques before being taken out of barrel and lightly fined with fresh, local free-range egg whites and bottled early.|
|Acidity (TA)||0.61 g/L|
|Bottles per Case||6|
|Last Tasted Date||03-12-2013|
|Peak Drinking||Will cellar well till 2018|
|Recommended Food Pairing||Beef lasagna with roasted garlic Becamel|
James Halliday Top 100 Wines of 2013 - Best Red Wines Under $20The fragrant bouquet reflects both the vintage and place, which is as it should be, with plush redcurrant and cassis fruit offset by gently savoury/spicy tannins that draw out the finish to a lingering conclusion. The oak treatment (12 months in French oak barriques, 15% new) was exactly what the wine needed.
Margaret River can make truly beautiful and inspirational wines. Cabernet Sauvignon certainly stands out as one variety most suitable to this region and Evans & Tate is one of Australia?s finest exponents. This wine is dark fruited and powerful, structured by time spent in good quality oak yet finished long and refined.