2015 Oates Ends Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon shows typical Margaret River flavours of blackcurrant and dried bay leaf. The medium body is layered and complex, with oak spice notes following 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 - 2020 Halliday Wine Companion. 95 Points. “Some sorting in the vineyard, wild-fermented, hand-plunged, 17 days plus a further 7 post-ferment maceration, matured in French barriques (40% new). Juicy cassis and mint (not eucalyptus). Very well handled.” Date Tasted 4/1/2019. Drink by 2030.
Gary Walsh – Wine Front, Mar 2019. 94+ Points "Saw this in the shelf, and was curious, not having tasted but been aware of MB’s fine review of the 2014. Well, we all like to get our oates, don’t we. Perfume of bay leaf, exotic spices, assorted fresh black berries, mint, discreet pencil and vanilla oak. It’s medium-bodied, fine and even-keeled, just flowing along so beautifully from front to back, gentle cocoa tannin, settled acidity, mouth-perfume in with a mix of red and black berries, crisp, well-defined and long on the finish. Charm and precision. Beautifully made. A very big ‘yes’ from me. Drink 2020 - 2030+
Ray Jordan - The West Australian Wine Guide 2019. 93 Points "Elegance and poise are clearly demonstrated in this excellent cabernet sauvignon. Leafy blackcurrant and black olive aromatics with a little graphite influence. The palate is more in the medium bodied zone and yet there is still tremendous depth of fruit, with sinewy tannins and perfectly weighted fine-grained oak. A classy and polished cabernet."