2016 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.
Ray Jordan - The West Australian Wine Guide 2020. 95 Points. “This was a good vintage in Margaret River, with tannin management the key to the best wines. Cath Oates has done this so well, creating an elegant wine of impecccable balance. Blackcurrant richness with a little bay leaf and oyster shell influence. Tannins are well integrated, and the oak sits harmoniously within.” Cellar 12 years.
Huon Hooke – therealreview.com. 91 Points. “Medium to deep red colour with a trace of purple in the rim. There are mature toasty and earthy notes in the developed bouquet as well as faint leafy blackcurrant notes. Savoury, mellow and developed, the palate is soft and earthy, savoury dry and developed. Medium-bodied, and nicely proportioned. Date Tasted 9/10/2019. Drink 2019-2032.