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2018 Oates Ends Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Oates Ends Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon displays the characteristics so typical of Wilagri vineyard, with highly aromatic mulberry and cassis aromas. On the palate the vibrant, crisp redcurrant and blackberry flavours are seamlessly wrapped in the fine, tight tannins with added complexity and body from lightly toasted French oak, well integrated from extended barrel maturation.

Erin Larkin – Halliday Wine Companion. 96 points. “Cath Oates' vineyard is in Wilyabrup, oft regarded as the heartland of Margaret River. The nose is savoury and spiced, laden with raspberry, Cherry Ripe, cassis and violets. The acidity exerts a taut mineral presence over the mouth: it swoops in and captures the soul. Fine, elegant cabernet; the perfect example of what sensitive winemaking, good vineyards and a brilliant vintage can do.” Drink by 2036.

Gourmet Traveller Wine Aug/Sep 2021. 4 stars. "(This wine) prompted a brief but enthusiastic note from Paterson. “A juicy, vibrant wine with great energy,” she said. “I like the snappy red fruit and the succulence. You could drink this now.” I agreed, liking its suppleness and fine tannins. The nose took a little time to open up to show both black and red berries, and more savoury flavours mingle on the palate."

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Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Bottling Date
16 Jan 2019
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Production Notes
Hand harvested in two passes in 2018 from our Wilyabrup vineyard, Wilagri. The fruit is sorted in the vineyard then gently de-stemmed to remove traces of stalk. Whole berries are retained for the first few days of fermentation. The 2018 batches spent between 21 and 28 days in small open top fermenters, with regular pump overs. Fermentation is natural, relying on the indigenous winery and vineyard yeasts. The wine was matured in 30% new French oak puncheons, the balance in 1 and 2 year old barrels, to ensure the oak was well integrated and in balance with the fruit. Following 20 months of gentle oak ageing the wine was bottled without fining.
Winemaker Notes
The 2018 vintage will go down in history as one of Margaret River's greatest. Textbook weather conditions throughout the growing season meant that vines were naturally balanced and required little canopy and crop management. The long, dry and warm summer let grapes ripened steadily and ripeness was achieved slowly and with abundant natural acidity. The absence of any heat spikes and the cool nights have lead to wines with incredible fruit concentration.
Food Pairing Notes
The fine tannins and good acidity levels give the 2018 the ability to reward extended ageing over 10-20 years, where the wine will begin to show the complex secondary tobacco and cedar notes of aged Cabernet Sauvignon. For serving over the next 3-5 years a match with slow cooked game or meat dishes would work well, with the crisp redcurrant flavours and fine tannins acting a foil for the richness of the dish

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