2018 L.A.S. Vino Cabernet Sauvignon
The first time working with this vineyard from Yallingup. A certified organic and biodynamic site at the northern end of the cape. For the previous few years the vineyard had been completely unkept and unpruned with no trellising. The vines sprawl everywhere wher pigs, geese, guineafowl and cows roam free.
The site faces north with a little creek running through the middle of the vineyard. Native flowers and plants grow under the rows with no herbicides or pesticides sprayed. It is one of only four certified biodynamic vineyards in the region and was one of the first to receive Demeter certification.
This wine was hand picked, bunch sorted and berry sorted prior to being fermented as whole berries in oak barriques. We added some whole bunches to some of the barrels for complexity and structure and the berries were fermented cool in order to retain aroma and reduce harsh tannins. Post ferment the majority of the wine was left on skins in barriques for 12 months prior to being opened up and basket pressed. A very low sulfur addition (0.003%) prior to bottling.
Dark rich fruits, mulberry, dark cherry and plum with secondary savoury notes of prune, baking spices and clove. Layers and layers of silky tannin through the extended maceration. A wine that can be put down comes into its own by decantering. A cabernet without comparison in Margaret River.
Made with certified Organic and Biodynamic Grapes
"It's a sumptuous cabernet loaded with dark fruits of black cherry, blackcurrant, and dark chocolate. A little bay leaf and meaty, prune-like characters add further to the engaging mix. Lively palate supported with grainy tannins and fine-grained oak. Excellent wine."
96/100 Ray Jordan The West Australian
'Vibrant, deep purple colour with bright red edges. Intense red and blue berries, darky cherry liqueur, cedary oak. A luscious, slightly viscous mouthful of young cabernet. Primary and fruit-driven on the front- palate, with ripe and soft tannins hemming the finish. It's just delicious. Beautifully put together, celebrating incredible fruit'
95/100 Nick Butler The Real Review
"Soft-textured, fresh and fluid. Squeaky clean but not void of character. Gravel and blueberry, blackcurrant and coffee-cedar-toast. A touch of peppermint too. Tannin has been beautifully massaged into the wine. Now or later. Inherent balance keeps all bases covered."
92+/100 Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front