2017 Flowstone Queen of the Earth Cabernet Sauvignon

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A wine deservedly garnering a big reputation amongst the Margaret River lovers.
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Queen of the Earth is the Flowstone flagship micro batch series of Margaret River wines.

The series aims to represent the distinctive qualities of the specific patch of earth that the Flowstone vineyards occupy on the Southern end of Margaret River. They make a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and a Cabernet. The Cabernet is very, very impressive.

The fruit is picked from an old vine block in the iconic Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River. It is then laid to bed in 100% brand new French Oak barrels for over three years. Remarkably, the presence of oak in the wine is barely a whisper, testament to both the quality of the fruit.

This is in the mix of Margaret River's top Cabernets from undoubtably one of the finest up and coming wineries in the West. If you love Margaret River Cabernet, you're welcome...

Aromas of blackcurrant, red berries, mocha, dark chocolate, hints of violet, with underlying cedar notes. Complex and engaging.

The flavours build to a beautifully textural mid palate, supported by the spicy oak, and gently fade with finely honed tannins. The length of the palate is a magical combination of the fruit and silky fine tannins. This wine manages to display a beautifully lithe feel, while still retaining the classic Margaret River structure.

96 Points - "The first year of the Queen of the Earth cabernet. Hand picked in one batch, on skins post-ferment for 2.5 weeks, matured in French oak for 3 years, in bottle for a further 15 months prior to release. Tiny production: 112 dozen. Stuart Pym is not afraid of pushing boundaries: 3 years in oak! Well ... it's nowhere near as evident in the glass as it should be, thanks to the pedigree of the fruit. Savoury, dense, flavourful and very long, this is built to last. Buy it now, but don't look at it until 2027." - Erin Larkin (Halliday Wine Companion)

94 Points - "It was a tricky vintage in these parts but you'd never know it from tasting this wine. This is from Flowstone's home Forest Grove vineyard.The spread of tannin, the burst of fruit, the obvious class; this is impressive from the outset. Charry oak and clove characters combine hand-in-glove with deep blackcurrant, briar, blackberry jubes and foresty tobacco. There's oak here for sure but it's fully integrated and positive. The length though, that's the thing. It really kicks on through the finish. A long life lies ahead." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

92 Points - "Deep, dark red colour with the slightest purple tinges. The bouquet is likewise ripe and mellow, showing some early development and few greener elements. Blackberry with a trace of blackcurrant. The wine is full-bodied and firm, taut and elegant, with a classic line of cabernet varietal flavour. Oak is in the background. The tannins are firm, upright and gently sappy, and one senses protein-rich food would soften them nicely. At present, it's a bit aggressive to enjoy by itself, although it's a high quality wine." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

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