2018 Stevens Road Cabernet Sauvignon

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This limited production single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrates our philosophy of selecting only the very best rows from the very best blocks on the property. Sourced from our Stevens Road vineyard, 3km down the road from the Xanadu winery in the Wallcliffe subregion, this wine offers a unique expression of the outstanding quality wine this special little vineyard is capable of producing. Limited to only 120 dozen (only 5 barrels produced).

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Viticulture

Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)
2018
Margaret River
The growing season began with good, even budburst after average Winter rainfall. The mild Spring which followed ensured that there was good flowering and fruit set. A moderate start to Summer, with no heat extremes, set up the harvest well with white varieties offering great flavour intensity and bright acidity. There was an incredible display of Marri blossom (tagged as a once in a generation ‘mega-blossom’) which meant bird pressure was practically non-existent whilst the whites were harvested. A minor rain event occurred in mid-March, which was followed by fine warm conditions that prevailed right through to middle of April allowing all red varieties to achieve great flavour and tannin ripeness. In summary 2018 will be remembered as an outstanding vintage!

Tasting Notes

Deep red, purple hues.
Brooding dark fruits; blood plums and blackcurrant with hints of bay leaf and graphite in the background.
The generous palate is full bodied and concentrated, with forest fruits, cocoa and cassis. The inky fruits are underpinned by dense tannins and a firm acid backbone culminating to a lingering Cabernet finish.

Winemaking

14%
750ml
3.43
This 2.5 tonne parcel of fruit was crushed/destemmed into a small static fermenter followed by a six- day ferment at 25°C, during which the cap was managed by regular aerative pump overs. The wine was gently pressed at approximately 2 Baume and finished fermentation and MLF in tank. Once dry, the wine was then racked to fine French oak barriques (40% new) and was matured in oak for 14 months prior to bottling without any fining.

Professional Reviews

97
Beautifully elegant cabernet from this vineyard on Stevens Road. It was a stellar vintage and this has come through in a sensational wine. The striking feature is the energy and life in the palate. It begins to show on the nose but then releases with a huge leap forward on the palate. Chalky tannins accentuate the elegance and charm with a bright leafy black fruit character. Great mouthfeel and structure. It's a wine that perfectly reflects this vineyard in a near perfect year.
97
From a tiny block within the Stevens Rd vineyard. Matured 14 months in French oak (40% new). Dutch licorice on the nose and shining on the palate. The tannins really steal the attention from the pristine fruit. Such finely knit tannins, cleverly inlaid into the fruit without being hidden, are one of the standouts of this beautiful wine. They shape and structure the pure cassis fruit, ushering it through to a long and lingering finish.
94
'The Remains of the Day' could well be my favourite novel of all time. Certainly in my top 5. A more perfect novel you never will find. Stevens is the name of the main character. Walsh, in his own way, reminded me of this fact. 'Klara and the Sun', by the same author, which I’m currently reading, is quite a feat too. Anyways, to the wine. In keeping with the theme of perfection, this wine makes a strong play at it. This is such an elegant, charming, well-sustained wine. It’s curranty, floral, boysenberried, fresh and well ripened. There are hints of cool mint, a juiciness to both the fruit and – it would seem – the tannin, and incredible hand-in-glove integration of cedarwood oak. Peppercorn and/or clove and/or gravel notes are here too, as positives. It’s an excellent wine, perfectly balanced, beautiful to drink.
Review
Ripe dark fruit compote with a hint of florals and fine oak on the nose. A commanding structure, plenty of plush generosity and a powerful, persistent drive that speaks of pedigree combined with an excellent vintage. The concentrated fruit coils seductively around sinewy tannins and takes the drinker on a rollercoaster of exceptional cabernet complexities – there is plenty to think about and absorb here; it’s a showy, expressive and polished wine. Barbequed high grade wagyu beef would be a welcome addition on the table. Throw in a few roast potatoes and some special mustard and feel smug, happy and spoilt.