SRS Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Because the fruit was picked so clean we were able to tip the individual parcels directly into an open 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. This is more like the ferment temperatures I’d use for a more >traditional Margaret River vintage. After some extended skin contact the wine was pressed into 50% new French oak for 16 months oak maturation. The components were blended after a light egg white fine and then bottled.
This is the third S.R.S. Cabernet Sauvignon released from Flametree Wines. This 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
- 97 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion 2015
- 95 Points - Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly 2014
- 94 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front 2014
93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot
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.