2020 Joshua Cooper Shay’s Flat Cabernet Sauvignon

Graceful debut Cabernet release from Josh Cooper from a biodynamic vineyard in the Pyrenees. Gently structured and intensely flavoured.

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Josh Cooper goes outside his Pinot & Chardonnay foundation with a Cabernet Sauvignon that is utterly delicious and extremely drinkable with a bit of time in the glass.

The source is the Shay's Flat vineyard in Landsborough in the Pyrenees. It spent 12 months in barrel before a further 4 months in tank to tighten it all up.

It's on the darker side of Cabernet, with cassis, chocolate and olive notes and some cedar and spice flowing through the palate, which is fine and detailed and not overbearing at all.

A wonderful Cabernet debut.

The Shay's Flat Vineyard is situated on an elevated picturesque ridge in the heart of the Pyrenees. A distinctly Australian setting with the vineyard surrounded by wheat paddocks, bushland and scrub. The 20+ year old vines are rooted deep into mineral rich shale, quartz and mudstone soils, growing powerful, yet detailed fruit.

The first vintage of this wine. Intense dark cherry and cassis, mulberry, lavender and black olive, flecked with wild herbs and a alluring graphite and cedar complexity. A refined palate leads with plush fruit, before a rumble of fine, layers tannin and cleansing acidity with a persistent trail of graphite, dark cocoa and Dutch liquorice.

This bottling opens wonderfully in the glass and decanter and I am incredibly excited to see its development in bottle.

94 Points - "This is right on the money, luncheon Claret in essence. Evocative, blue fruit, lavender, eucalyptus and mahogany scents, succulent texture yet plush and medium weight too. More cassis to taste, chocolate, cherry, mint/eucalyptus faintly and hazelnut savouriness in tow. Tannins swish softly and yet then with gentle authority, finishing the wine with light chews and chomps amongst fresh, leafy acidity. This is fantastic. Come hither cabernet with detail and drinkability on show." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

94 Points - "This is a medium-bodied cabernet that has fresh and approachable style with red and black currants and a subtle, leafy edge. Medium body. Good concentration of cherry and plum flavours and a finely groomed tannin texture. Drink over the next eight years." - Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com)

Joshua Cooper

Joshua Cooper is the son of Nelly and Allan Cooper, the founders of the acclaimed Cobaw Ridge winery in the Macedon Ranges.

Born and raised on the top-tier cool climate wines of his family, Josh's wines have a delicacy and unforced feel to them. As you might imagine, growing up in the Macedon Ranges, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are two varieties he particularly excels with, as too is his great love, which is Cabernet. He sources his fruit from a series of growers across central Victoria who farm with a like-minded philosophy of organic farming and sustainability, with plans to plant his own vineyard in Macedon in the future.

Josh makes only a small amount of each wine and they are in high demand from those who want to get in early on the next generation of Cooper. He is undoubtedly one of the country's most exciting and acclaimed young winemakers, being named James Halliday's Best New Winery for 2024 as well as the winner of Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine’s Young Winemaker of the Year 2020.

Winemaker Josh Cooper - Macedon Ranges, VIC Joshua Cooper

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