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Nocturne is the private label of husband and wife winemaking team Julian and Alana Langworthy.
Julian has received plenty of attention since taking home the 2016 Jimmy Watson Trophy for his work on the Deep Woods Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, but it’s this collaboration with Alana which is the winemaking project closest to his heart.
The pair recently obtained a mature Cabernet vineyard in Yallingup, from which they are striving to create elegant, regional Cabernet Sauvignon of premium quality. The 2015 is the first release from this site.
Mike Bennie awarded the inaugural release 93 points, calling it “quite a classic expression, both of region and sub-region.” This wine should be on the hit list for every devotee of Margaret River Cabernet.
What It Tastes Like
“Generous proportions but maintains a neat medium weight feel. Soft, ripe fruit spreads well across the palate, cassis, blueberry, Provencale herbs, black pepper and some subtle, cedary wood tannin. The perfume is reserved, black currants, bay leaf, faint sea spray and tobacco-scented oak. The tannins build nicely, classily, to a secretive but defining pucker. Though fuller and less structured than some wines from around the region, this does have a certain elegant feel.” - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
93 points. “Generous proportions but maintains a neat medium weight feel. Soft, ripe fruit spreads well across the palate, cassis, blueberry, Provencale herbs, black pepper and some subtle, cedary wood tannin. The perfume is reserved, black currants, bay leaf, faint sea spray and tobacco-scented oak. The tannins build nicely, classily, to a secretive but defining pucker. Though fuller and less structured than some wines from around the region, this does have a certain elegant feel.”
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
2015 was one of the more challenging Cabernet vintages in Margaret River of the last decade. Late phenolic ripeness coincided with an early break in the season and some wines lacked true ripeness and concentration. The best sites made very charming, medium-bodied wines as long as there was great attention in the vineyard and recognition by the winemaker that it was not a blockbuster year. This is a 100 % single-site wine from the Sheoak Vineyard in the Yallingup subregion of Margaret River. This beautifully mature, cane-pruned Cabernet vineyard is somewhat unusually planted in an east/west orientation on a south-facing slope, thus moderating a ripening period that might otherwise be too warm. The vineyard is also very close to the Indian Ocean (3km away), which has huge moderating effects on the temperature extremes. The soil is deep gravel over clay with some scattered granite. The fruit was picked relatively early on 13th March with lovely vibrancy and red fruit flavours. The bunches were destemmed and the grapes fermented in 4.5-tonne static fermenters. After 15 days on skins and a peak ferment temperature of around 26 degrees Celsius, the wine was pressed to tank, settled briefly and transferred to a combination of new (25%) and two-year-old barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked only once during that time and was then, after 16 months in oak, emptied from barrel, settled , clarified and bottled unfiltered. It’s a pretty wine and one of the highlights of a challenging vintage. The Sheoak Vineyard makes expressive, medium-bodied Cabernets that bear some resemblance to a modern version of a luncheon claret. We are the very happy new owners and this vineyard will be the beating heart of the Nocturne project. – Julian Langworthy Baumé: 14.4; Alcohol: 13.5%; pH: 3.56; Total acidity: 6g/L
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2025
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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