SRS Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
The fruit for the 2014 Flametree S.R.S. Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from the famous Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, long regarded as the benchmark sub-region for Cabernet Sauvignon based wines. As with previous vintages, this Cabernet parcel was machine harvested, using the latest selective harvesting technology, from the wonderful Wilyabrup Estate vineyard on Puzey Road. This vineyard is situated on a beautiful piece of east/north-east facing gravel. The soils are typically very bony on top with gravel/quartz sub-soils underneath. These mature vines cropped at around 5 tonnes per hectare. The clone used for this Cabernet hails from old Houghton cuttings.
Because the fruit was picked so clean with the selective harvester we were able to tip the individual parcels directly into a small open top fermenter without putting the fruit through a traditional crusher de-stemmer. 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°C. After extended skin contact (30 days) the wine was pressed into 57% new French oak for 15 months maturation. The barrels were then blended together and after a light egg white fining the wine was bottled.
This is a classic Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon; medium to full bodied with a powerful, long, flavoursome palate and fine grained tannins to finish. The nose and palate reveal wonderfully concentrated berry fruits - blackberry, cassis, red currants and mulberry - with dark chocolate undertones. The palate also displays elegance and freshness, with a beautiful balance of fruit and oak flavours, the result of 15 months oak maturation.
AWARDS / REVIEWS
- Gold - Perth Royal Wine Show 2016
- 92 Points - Decanter Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Panel Tasting 2016
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 10-12 years.