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Sometimes, nothing is going to hit the spot like a Margaret River Cabernet. Thankfully, there are wines like the 2014 Snake + Herring Dirty Boots Cabernet Sauvignon to quench that thirst without busting the bank. This hits all the right notes. It shows that this region can make good, easy-drinking Cabernet as well as the stellar wines for the cellar. A classic medium-bodied Cabernet which delivers the goods for a great price. Can't ask for more than that.
What it Tastes Like
"Redcurrant, blackberry, some charred oak, subtle herbal perfume, spice and chocolate. Medium bodied, fresh and lively, with enough depth to keep you entertained, and freshness to keep you erm refreshed. Bay leaf, spice and red fruits on a clean finish of fair length. Nicely done." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
90 points. "Redcurrant, blackberry, some charred oak, subtle herbal perfume, spice and chocolate. Medium bodied, fresh and lively, with enough depth to keep you entertained, and freshness to keep you erm refreshed. Bay leaf, spice and red fruits on a clean finish of fair length. Nicely done." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Varieties 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot Region Yallingup, Wilyabrup and Karridale, Margaret River, WA Cabernet Sauvignon is king of the Margaret River region. It wears many guises from the tip of Cape Naturaliste in the northern sub-region of Yallingup, to Augusta at the southern tip of the Karridale region. The warmer areas produce richer more generous wines with black fruits and bigger tannin structures; the cooler areas are finer, more delicate with lifted red fruit, floral aromatics and medium bodied structures. Of course this generalized characterization of MR Cabernet Sauvignon can be radically skewed by warmer or cooler growing seasons…ahhh, the joys of viticulture. Six blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon were selected for this blend: two from Yallingup and two from Wilyabrup and two blocks from the deep dark south of Karridale. The Yallingup Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards have provided the earthy, chocolate, blackberry notes with fleshy texture; the Wilyabrup components contribute ripe blackcurrant and violet aromatics with dense and rich filigreed long tannins. The southern Karridale Cabernet Sauvignon enjoyed a magnificent extended ripening season in 2014 and gives this wine its generous length. Together, they make 2014 Dirty Boots a balanced, approachable and classy Cabernet Sauvignon with well integrated cedary oak.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2020
About the Producer
Snake and Herring
Snake + Herring is a Western Australian producer hunting out especially good batches of fruit to make exceptional value for money wines. They have a diverse range, from easy drinking Cab-Merlot blends to fine examples of Elegant Cabernet and powerful Chardonnay. They are constantly on the lookout for another great vineyard and make wines that reflect these great sites across Margaret River.
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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