JH 97 points, Silver medal – 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards
Grape Variety / Region
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Margaret River
Because the fruit was picked so clean with the selevtive harvester we were able to tip the individual parcels directly into a small open top fermenter without putting the fruit through a traditional crusher destemmer. After a few days, as the fruit warmed up and the wild ferment kicked in, we started working the cap by hand for soft tannin extraction and aeration. Ferment temperatures were maintained around 28 degrees. After some extended skin contact the wine was pressed into 50% new French oak for 16 months maturation. The barrels were then blended together and after a light egg white fining the wine was bottled.
This 2013 SRS Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon produced from a fantastic Margaret River vintage. It shows all the perfume and structure that make Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon wines so famous. Lifted blackberries, mulberry, plums, earth and dark chocolate dominate the nose and palate at this early stage. Whilst showing plenty of inky dark fruits, violets and bitter chocolate. The palate also displays wonderful fruit and oak tannin, the result of 16 months oak maturation. A lovely full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that shows Margaret River Cabernet in all its glory. This vintage will drink beautifully as a young wine, however a wine with this much fruit and extract will also mature wonderfully for the next 10-12 years.
Winemaker: Cliff Royle