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This is the very best-of-the-best from Larry Cherubino. Top flight Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon in all its glory. This is the pick of the best fruit from the vintage treated with the utmost care and precision winemaking. Perfect balance, amazing concentration. James Halliday saw fit to award the 2011 vintage 95 points, making it a prime candidate for the cellar and top value in the context of top-flight Cabernet from the region. This is pure, outstanding Cabernet from one of WA's finest winemakers. Collectors and connoisseurs, this one is for you.
What it Tastes Like
"Medium red-purple; the complexity and balance of the wine can escape you, as there is nothing that jumps out at you, from the colour through to the finish; while the flavours are complex, they are essentially soft. Oak and tannins join seamlessly with the fruit, and you ultimately realise this is all about texture and length." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
95 points. "Medium red-purple; the complexity and balance of the wine can escape you, as there is nothing that jumps out at you, from the colour through to the finish; while the flavours are complex, they are essentially soft. Oak and tannins join seamlessly with the fruit, and you ultimately realise this is all about texture and length." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
The Vintage: Winter/Spring rainfall was less than average, winds and hail damage late October cumulatively resulted in significant crop losses. January/February were both hot and dry allowing for picking right into late March. The Winemaking: The fruit was hand harvested and transported to the winery where it was cooled overnight and hand sorted to the tank the following day. Maceration lasted for 6 weeks with minimal pump overs and temperatures ranging for 12-27C. The wine was pressed to tank and allowed to settle for 7 days prior to oak maturation. A range of coopers were used in the wine’s development - with an emphasis on Julpies and Troncais selections with 36 months seasoning and very light toasting. Malolactic fermentation was carried out in oak. The wine was racked off lees and matured in oak for 10 months with minimal SO2, at low temperatures. The Wine: A very powerful rich wine with dark berries, dust with purity and clarity. Red wet earth, black cherries, mulberry and subtle oak – all contribute to this complex wine. The fragrance is typical that of Margaret River, where there is an abundance of black fruit, mineral and dried herbs. The tannins are soft, long and complex on your palate. Drink With: Rack of Veal with creamy polenta
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2031
About the Producer
A recent winner of James Halliday’s Winemaker of the Year Award, Larry Cherubino is one of the real superstar winemakers of Western Australia. Sourcing fruit from established vineyards throughout Margaret River and Great Southern, Larry waves his wand to craft what is one of the most consistently high quality and comprehensive wine ranges in the country. As Halliday said himself, “The range and quality of his wines is extraordinary, the prices irresistible.” Welcome aboard Larry!
Margaret River is recognised as one of the country’s finest wine growing regions. The quality of the region’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay rival the very best in the world. But Margaret River is no two-trick-pony. There, Tempranillo and Malbec are excelling, Touriga Nacional seems to be quite at home, Chenin Blanc is getting serious and even pockets of Nebbiolo are rearing their heads. Watch this space. Who knows what new surprises are just around the corner from this famous region.
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the truly Nobel grapes. An inherently structural variety, Cabernet when handled gently can produce majestic wines of grace and beauty that mature gloriously with time in the bottle. Australian Cabernet runs the full gamut of style: from lighter, more finely boned versions from regions such as the Yarra Valley, through the exquisitely complex and firm wines of Margaret River to the intensely powerful wines from the Coonawarra, there is much to explore in the world of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon.
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