SRS Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
The fruit for the 2011 Flametree S.R.S. Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from the famous Wilyabrup sub region of Margaret River, long regarded as the benchmark for Cabernet Sauvignon based wines. This 5 tonne parcel was machine harvested from the wonderful Knotting Hill vineyard on Metricup Road. This vineyard is on a beautiful piece of east north east facing dirt. The soils are typically very bony on top with gravelly loam sub soils. These mature vines cropped at around 6 tonnes per hectare. The fruit was machine harvested during the third week of March at 13.7 beaume. The clone of Cabernet hails from Houghton Clone cuttings.
The 2011 Cabernet fruit was de-stemmed and then chilled before being transferred into an open fermenter. After a few days, as the fruit warmed up, we started working the cap, hand plunging for soft tannin extraction and aeration. The 2011 S.R.S Cabernet Sauvignon was 100% wild fermented; we believe this adds layers of complexity and texture that inoculated ferments don’t always give. Gentle hand plunging over two weeks and a further two weeks on skins has produced a lovely full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. After some extended skin contact the wine was pressed and then transferred into 50% new French oak for 16 months oak maturation.
This is the second S.R.S. Cabernet Sauvignon released from Flametree and 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.
AWARDS / REVIEWS
- 96 Points - Tyson Stelzer, Wine Business Magazine 2013
- 96 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion 2014
- 96 Points - Ray Jordan, West Weekend Magazine 2013
- 95 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front 2013
- Gold medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2013
100% Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon.
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 15-20 years.