2014 Oates Ends Cabernet Sauvignon
Our 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon shows great Margaret River typicity of cassis flavours sympathetically supported by extended ageing over 18 months in french oak barriques and puncheons. With the structure to reward extended ageing in your cellar it also has the freshness and complexity to provide immediate enjoyment. Hand harvested from the best Cabernet Sauvignon block at the Wilagri vineyard the fruit is gently destemmed and sorted before being hand plunged for several weeks, followed by a further extended maceration time to polish the tannin structure before oak ageing. Following barrel selection and blending the wine is bottled without filtration to preserve freshness and fruit.
James Halliday - winecompanion.com.au. 95 Points."The colour isn't deep, but the hue is excellent; there's a lot to please in the wine, notably its freshness and varietal expression; the tannins are fine and persistent, as they should be. A stylish medium bodied cabernet that takes you by grace, not storm. Date tasted: 19/10/2017 Drink by: 2029"
Mike Bennie – Wine Front, Nov 2017. 94 Points "Even keeled, finely formed cabernet of distinguished feel. Attractive bouquet suggests all things Margaret River in blue berries, light plumminess, bay leaf, a smidge of black olive with scents of toasty oak amongst it all. There’s fine ribbons of tannin clenching dark fruit, spice and more dried bayleaf in the palate – a long, even flow of medium weight elegance. The finish comes with a lacy flourish of tannin and freshness. It’s serious stuff, structured and detailed, well hewn, ‘classic’-feeling. An impressive release. Where were you for Oates Ends first releases..?" Drink : 2017 - 2030
Ray Jordan - The West Australian Wine Guide 2018. "Impressive Cabernet from this great vintage in Margaret River. The fruit comes from Wilyabrup. So much to like from this excellent cabernet. Touch of blackcurrant, a little black olive and even a trace of graphite. It is all together engaging with an integrated palate of grainy tannins and fine-grained French oak. Effortless through to the long finish. 93/100.
Angus Hughson - WISH, Apr 2017. "Deep ruby in colour, this exceptional Margaret River style is elegant and reserved with layers of powerful blackberry, blackcurrant, gravel and cedar fruits. Full bodied and firm, it shows well integrated and generous fine-grained tannins that promise plenty in the future."
Andrew Graham - Australian Wine Review, 23rd Feb 2017. "A classic mid-weight Cabernet, the overriding story here is balance, with aromatics that include some regional leaf in amongst the blackcurrants. There’s a delicacy here that is just delicious, the unforced style what you want (or I want) Margs Cabs to taste like, and with those fine tannins that regularly come from extended time on skins. In context – and given the wine the fruit otherwise goes into – this is well-priced too. Best drinking: 2017-2030+. 18.5/20, 94/100."