2019 Walsh & Sons Roi Cabernet Sauvignon

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Original look at Margaret River told through the lens of Cabernet Sauvignon.

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The Roi Cabernet is an interesting version of this Margaret River classic.

Winemakers Ryan Walsh and Freya Hohnen are seeking to capture the unique characteristics of their biodynamically farmed vineyard in Osmington. Year in, year out, they produce a Cabernet which is compelling and complex.

This is made with a portion of whole bunches, a technique not often seen in Cabernet production but it has added an extra layer of complexity here which must be admired.

If you are looking for a Margret River Cabernet with a bit of an edge, the Walsh & Sons is going to be right up your alley.

Roi in French means Little King. He’s our oldest boy and is a bit of a tiger in nature harassing the younger birds in the family but still watching over them.

I have Cabernet from sandy clay soils in east Margaret River in a locality known as Osmington. It is eastern Margaret River and with cooler nights given it’s slightly further inland. It borders the coal seam that runs from Dunsborough to Augusta making the soils slighter in structure but higher in aromatics particularly sulfides. My Old Man runs it and loves it. I planted Syrah with him and a post hole digger in my school spring break in 1995. My younger brother Al helped with Cabernet in his final year in 1998 whilst I was studying in California. The rows ran north south on a slight north east facing slope then and they do now. We treat it like a vege patch and top it up with heavy compost in the autumn with the sheep snapping the odd wire as they browse through in the winter months.

95 Points - "Big, heavy glass bottle. A new label gives integrity to the wine inside. The nose is completely different from every other cabernet on the bench – stemmy, crunchy and yet ripe, giving a Rhône-esque bacon fat vibe. OK, I'm listening. It is a brooding rendition of Margaret River cabernet on the palate. Savoury tannins encase sweet purple fruit, all in all it tends to tip-toe across the tongue, rather than plod. If you're looking for the right side of 'different', look no further." - Erin Larkin (Halliday Wine Companion)

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