The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were hand harvested on the 20th March; the Touriga on 3rd April . Both varieties were made separately, but in similar manners. Fermentation was in a few open 1 tonne fermenters, with thrice daily plunging. There was no temperature control.
Following fermentation, the Cabernet Sauvignon wine remained on skins for two weeks, the Touriga 10 days. Mlf occurred during this period. The wine was subsequently pressed. Pressings wine was not separated. The wine was allowed to settle for 2 weeks, and then transferred to French oak barriques, 20% new. It remained in these barrels for 24 months.
Following barrel maturation, the barrels were blended, fined with free range egg whites, and prepared for bottling. After bottling, the wine was then allowed to relax in bottle for a further 24 months prior to being made available for sale. This wine was released in August, 2017.
This wine is 100% bottled under screw cap. Total production is 370 cases.
Vintage: 2013 Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon & Touriga Appellation: Margaret River, WA Alcohol: 13.5%
Previous Vintage 95 Points - James Halliday The cabernet is off a single vineyard in Wilyabrup, 70% in the blend, the touriga from Yallingup planted in the late '70s. Each made in a similar fashion but kept separate, aged 2 years in French oak barriques (20% new). Harmonious in its composition, there's an ease, a suppleness to the tannins, plenty of grip though and the fruit neatly compiled into the more savoury aspects of the wine.