2014 Hazel's Cabernet Sauvignon

Lifted aromas of blackcurrant, Japanese plums and mint leaf confection are tempered with savoury black olive and sweet mocha notes. A supple entry reveals cassis and sugared plums with nuances of cola and sweet black tea. Line and length are formed by a framework of silky tannins and balancing acidity. A purist's Cabernet; unfined and unfiltered, this is as raw as a handful of fruit from the vine.

 

Tasting Note

The fruit for our single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from an outstanding parcel at our Hazel’s Vineyard in southern Margaret River. 

Fragrant aromas of wild thyme, violets and black currant are tempered with savoury black olive tapenade, tobacco leaf and a gravel dust undertone. The fleshy palate reveals maraschino cherries, cassis and graphite supported by a framework of firm but fine tannins providing length and definition to the palate.

Winemaking

A wild and wet spring resulted in lower yields across all white varieties due to the unsettling effect of wind and rain on the delicate flowering period. Rainfall through December resulted in moderate temperatures and supplied moisture to the soil ensuring sound ripening conditions. A heatwave in early February brought sugar development forward however grape acids held well and resulted in a sound and early white harvest. As unnerving as some of these rain events were rewards of full tannin ripeness and flavoursome wines were the results of patience in what was a drawn out season. Another stellar Margaret River vintage. 

 

Vineyards

 

Season

A wild and wet spring resulted in lower yields across all white varieties due to the unsettling effect of wind and rain on the delicate flowering period. Rainfall through December resulted in moderate temperatures however supplied required moisture to the soil ensuring sound ripening conditions. A heatwave in early February brought sugar development forward however grape acids held well and resulted in a sound and early white harvest. Reds benefited from a protracted ripening period with overcast conditions and light rain events throughout late Feb and early March due to cyclone conditions in the far north. As unnerving as some of these rain events were rewards of full tannin ripeness and flavoursome wines were the results of patience in what was a drawn out season. Another stellar Margaret River vintage!

Technical

Al - 14.5%

Reviews

The Weekend Australian Magazine
27 September 2014

Estate grown in the coolest, southern part of Margaret River, the stone fermenter has 15% whole bunch inclusion, with partial wild yeast, five weeks on skins. Matured in old, inert oak, interlocking cassis/blackcurrant fruit, black olive and earthy tannins drawing out the finish. 14.5% alc; screwcap. 96 points; drink to 2042.

Score: 96 points
Wine Writer: James Halliday

The West Australian Wine Guide 2015

Immensley powerful and concentrated cabernet from this excellent vineyard. It works a slightly minerally and leafy edge into the intense blackcurrant and slightly black olive nuances on the nose. On the palate it delivers in spades with such power that holds its lines to a very long finish. Grainy but ripe tannins and beautiful oak work in harmony.

Score: 95/100
Wine Writer: Ray Jordan

Gourmet Traveller Wines
Feb/March 2015

A full bodied cabernet, scented with vanilla and chocolate as well as dark berries. The palate is very generous and mouth-filling, the tannins soft and fine-grained and all lingers long.

Score: 92 points

Decanter World Wine Awards
2016

A massive wine, opening with saddle-leather, liquorice and mint aromas. The intense palate explodes with a fantastic cassis bomb, ably refreshed by mouthwatering acidity and bolstered by gorgeous tannins. Very complete, and very good quality.

Score: 94 Points

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