Cabernet Sauvignon (100%) from Frankland River, Western Australia
Brooding red plum with only a hint of expressing its true age due to the wines fine elegant framework. It’s a tightly knit wine that unfolds to reveal opulent fruit flavours of red currants, blueberry, chocolate and savoury undertones and a touch of pencil shaving underlined by the dusty, earthy character that distinguishes Frankland Estate Cabernet. A complex and alluring wine that will age for some years to come.
Fruit for this wine was sourced from mature vines in the Isolation Ridge vineyard at Frankland Estate. The vineyard sits on an undulating northern and eastern facing slope on ancient duplex soils of gravel and loam over a clay sub-soil. It is farmed using organic viticultural practices and this is reflected in the depth and concentration of fruit flavours. The vines are trained on a Scott Henry trellis system to enhance sunlight penetration of the canopy and optimize ripening conditions.
This wine was fermented as long and slowly as possible, at temperatures not exceeding 26°C in open pot fermentation tanks that allowed the cap to be worked by plunging and an extended maceration period allowed optimal colour, flavour and tannin extraction. It was aged in 500 litre French oak puncheons, this contributing textural complexity without compromising the opulent natural fruit flavours of the wine.