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Bruce Jukes’ winemaking starts literally from the ground up. The man has been obsessed with growing things for over two decades and it shows in every wine he makes. His roots (pardon the pun) have been put down in Margaret River and the man has immense insight into what the balance of soil, aspect and clone can do to a wine in this part of the world.
One of his great loves is Margaret River Cabernet. He explained to us, “Rebus is a picture puzzle that when you look at it, the solution is not immediately apparent, there may be several solutions. That’s why I love Margaret River Cabernet - it’s constantly changing and it keeps me constantly challenged.”
The first vintage of this wine (2012) created buyer pandemonium as the first ever Cabernet under $30 to receive 98 points from James Halliday. It is a distinction, in fact, that it shares only with Wendouree for Cabernets $50 and below. Bruce thinks that the 2014 looks every bit as good as the ‘12 and we believe him.
If you love Margaret River Cabernet, you are going to fall in love with this wine. As Gary Walsh said in his wonderful 94 point review, “This is what Margaret River Cabernet is all about, and at a very fair price too… Super wine. You’re laughing.”
What It Tastes Like
“This is what Margaret River Cabernet is all about, and at a very fair price too. Dark fruit, some raspberry freshness, bay leaf and fragrant dried herb, cocoa and spice. Medium bodied, chocolaty and fresh with mixed berries, clean well integrated acidity, and persistent tannin that has density and impact, but feels smooth and toothsome. Finish is fresh, ripe and long. Super wine. You’re laughing.” - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
95 points. “Medium-weight tipping into full-bodied. Blackberry, wood smoke, cassis, bay and gravel-like notes make a confident sweep through the palate, taking grainy tannin in their stride.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
94 points. “They spelt my name ‘Garry’ on the sample box, and in an email. Normally I take at least one point off the score when that happens. Joking.
This is what Margaret River Cabernet is all about, and at a very fair price too. Dark fruit, some raspberry freshness, bay leaf and fragrant dried herb, cocoa and spice. Medium bodied, chocolaty and fresh with mixed berries, clean well integrated acidity, and persistent tannin that has density and impact, but feels smooth and toothsome. Finish is fresh, ripe and long. Super wine. You’re laughing.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
|2014||Rebus Cabernet Sauvignon|
13.8% Alc Vol | 8.2 Standard Drinks Rebus Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine crafted to stay true to it’s heritage as an icon of the Margaret River region. Our first release, the 2012 Rebus, was awarded 98 points by Mr. James Halliday. The 2013 and 2014 are equally impressive, with this wine being of very similar bloodlines.
Fragrant, complex aromas of cherry and mulberry are presented on a framework of fine tannins giving a decadent, silky texture and lingering finish. A combination of concentration, refinement and elegance.
|Food Matching - Full flavoured red meat dishes||game birds||strong cheese|
Closure - Stelvin Lux +
Variety - Cabernet Sauvignon, with a splash of 9.6% Merlot and 3.8% Cabernet Franc
Maturation - 1/3 new French oak barriques for 12 months. Mainly from the Allier and Center of France forests.
Winemaking - The variants were fermented and matured separately and after 12 months were blended before bottling based on the precise tasting profile.
Cellaring Potential - Up to 8 years, but delicious now. Harvested - 21 and 29 March and 14 April, 2014
A great example of a maritime climate with an extended Indian Summer. A bountiful wet winter filling the dams, with a warm and dry spring and summer, allowing lovely balance of natural acidities and physiological ripeness in the fruit.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Alcohol: Drink Until:
About the Producer
Domaine Naturalist is another of the ‘new guard’ Margaret River producers to keep an eye out for. Owner/winemaker Bruce Jukes has a wealth of winemaking experience both here and abroad, including a stint at Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic Niebaum Coppola winery in the Napa Valley. His wines are made from traditional Margaret River varieties and blends, but with a modern focus on elegance, freshness and balance. Great value too!
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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