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2019 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%)
2019
Margaret River
The growing season began with a late budburst after a relatively cold Winter with reasonable rainfall. The cool Spring which followed resulted in some uneven flowering and fruit set, and generally lower than average yields. We experienced a significant (and unusual) rain event mid-January which was timely due to the later season, and this was followed by some fine, mild weather to get vintage underway. There was a complete lack of Marri blossom leading up to and during harvest which meant that bird pressure was extreme! Bird-netting absolutely vital this season. There was a minor rain event coupled with high humidity mid-March which presented some challenges requiring careful fruit selection with some white varieties; however, this gave way to some beautiful weather right through till late April. All the fruit for this single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is from the bottom of Block 3 at our Stevens Road Vineyard, which is situated on the Boodjidup Brook about 3km from the winery. We consider this mature, low yielding vineyard as our own Grand Cru site, as this tiny block (0.6 Ha) consistently produces some of our very best Cabernet each vintage. Limited to only 120 dozen (i.e. only 5 barrels produced!), the 2019 Stevens Road Cabernet Sauvignon recognises the outstanding quality that this individual vineyard can produce and highlights the unique personality of this very special site.

Tasting Notes

Deep red with purple hues.
Wonderful purity with blueberries, blackcurrant pastilles and potpourri notes framed by high quality oak with hints of juniper berries and dried herbs in the background.
The generous, yet elegant palate offers wonderful juicy forest fruits, black plums, and ripe redcurrants. Beautifully structured, the dark fruits combine with fine, graphite tannins culminating in a distinct and lingering Cabernet finish.
Vibrant and robust in its youth, it is a wine which will certainly benefit from further bottle maturation and will cellar comfortably for 10+ years.

Winemaking

14%
750ml
3.49
This 1.7 tonne parcel of fruit was crushed/destemmed before fermentation into a small, open fermenters for a 7-day ferment at 24 - 28°C, during which time the cap was managed with regular, aerative, plunging by hand. The wine was gently pressed at 2 Baumé and finished ferment in tank. Once dry, the wine was racked to fine French oak barriques (40% new) and matured for 14 months, before the blend was assembled.

Professional Reviews

Gold Medal
97
A tiny production wine from this small vineyard on Stevens Road. It was a cooler season in Margaret River and the result is a wine displaying wonderful finesse and perfumes with a completely seamless refined palate. There is brightness and energy that bursts from the highly perfumed nose. The palate shows those chalky fine tannins and subtle oak integra>on underpinning the concentrated fruit. Carries the site DNA even in those cooler vintage.
95
Deep colour, with a muffled but woodsy, walnut oil, soy sauce type of bouquet, cassisy cabernet nuances taking time to emerge. The wine is bold, full-bodied and youthful, a tad raw and slightly astringent, but also showing considerable charm. There is a fleshiness to its texture, and lots of blueberry, blackberry and violet. It just needs more time to fully show its hand. Potential plus. 09 APR 2022
95
A fresh, clean, aromatic cabernet from one of its Australian soul homes. Breathe in the violet, lavender, leaf, black berries, so lifted, so autumn-like, so ready for an impending winter spent indoors with roast lamb, maybe a medium-rare steak and, for the vegetarians, pumpkin and chestnut pie. Tasting this wine, gets the creative food juices working overtime. But back to the wine . . . There are layers of sweet, juicy fruit including blackcurrant pastille, anise/liquorice to explore here together with a light savouriness and background toasted nuts. A little taste of peppermint is very regional. Beautifully integrated tannins and oak here, finishing long and fresh, Stevens Road is a joy to behold. I would drink it now to enjoy the fab primary fruit, but it could easily take time out in the cellar.