2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec ‘Margaret’
80% Cabernet Sauvignon
With our Margaret, we aim for a more French style – with a large percentage of the blending varieties Merlot and Malbec and extended aging in oak to provide character and backbone.
Our 2002 Margaret was picked over the course of April from our west facing plantings of Merlot and Malbec and our east facing planting of Cabernet Sauvignon. Due to the extremely dry conditions in 2002, our Cabernet Sauvignon yielded a mere 1.2 tonnes per acre while our Merlot and Malbec returned 2 tonnes per acre. The low crops provided fruit of extraordinary density and integrity.
After harvest, the Cabernet portion was crushed into small closed fermentors while the Merlot and Malbec were crushed into small open fermentors. Following primary fermentation, all the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in tank. Following malo, the wine was transferred into new French oak barrels where it remained for 18 months.
Our 2002 Margaret is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec and 8% Merlot.
Brick red colour. Cedar and briar patch notes on the nose. Very concentrated blueberry and blackcurrant characters with a drying finish. Still needs time.
Trophy Winewise Australian Vignerons Awards 2005
Gold Medal Winewise Australian Small Vignerons Awards 2005
Gold Medal Sydney Boutique Wine Awards 2005
93 Points James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2005
Silver Medal Hobart 2003
Silver Medal Hobart 2004
Silver Melbourne 2003
Silver Margaret River 2003
Weight 1.333 kg