Each year our Cabernet Sauvignon is named after a family member or family friend. For 2002 our Cabernet Sauvignon is called ‘Emilie May’ after Stuart and Shelley’s daughter Emilie Watson born in 2002.
92% Cabernet Sauvignon
2002 was a cool dry growing season in Margaret River. Our Cabernet Sauvignon yielded a mere 1.2 tonnes per acre while our Malbec yielded 2 tonnes per acre. The low crops provided fruit of extraordinary density and integrity.
Our 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Malbec. In late April, the parcels of fruit for our Cabernet Sauvignon were crushed into 2 small open fermentors. The wine was fermented at temperatures ranging from 20 to 24 degrees Celsius, and was pumped over four times a day. Near the end of primary fermentation, the wine was pressed and transferred into new French oak barrels to complete primary fermentation in barrel.
Following primary fermentation, the wine was racked and returned to oak where it underwent malolactic fermentation. When the wine had completed malolactic fermentation, the wine was racked again and transferred back into barrel. Our 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon remained in new French oak for a total of 24 months.This wine has been bottled with 54mm chateau corks. Peak drinking from 2012-2023, with the potential to cellar till 2026.
Tasting Note on Release
This wine has a intense rich purple colour. The nose shows lifted primary characters of mint, cassis and blackberry. The nose also shows dusty ‘pencil shavings’ fine grained French oak characters enhanced by vanilla and cedary notes. The palate is tight, restrained and powerful. The sweet fruit characters of the palate mirror the nose, while the tannins are mouth coating, long, and ripe. The wine finishes cool and elegant. Still tight and reserved, this wine shows amazing intensity and power.
Tasting Note Spetember 2010
Deep crimson colour.
The nose shows lifted mint, mulberry, cassis and white spices.
The palate is balanced, with primary characters of mulberry, blackberry and red fruits combining with cinnamon and white spice notes. The tannins are long and the wine finishes cool in the mouth. Excellent.
‘Wine of the Year’ – Ray Jordan’s ‘Guide to WA Wines’ 2005/6
‘Best Red Wine’ – Ray Jordan’s ‘Guide to WA Wines’ 2005/6
‘Best Cabernet Sauvignon’ – Ray Jordan’s ‘Guide to WA Wines’ 2005/6
97 Points – Ray Jordan’s ‘Guide to WA Wines’ 2005/6
Trophy ‘Best Cabernet Sauvignon’ Margaret River Wine Show 2005
Gold – Margaret River Wine Show 2005
Gold – Rutherglen Wine Show 2005
5 Stars – Winestate Magazine 2005
93 Points – Jeremy Oliver’s Wine Annual 2006 01 Jan 2006
Silver – Sheraton Wine Awards 2005
Silver – Sydney Boutique Wine Awards 2005
Silver – Mt Barker 2004
Silver – Melbourne 2004
93 Points – Neal Martin (The Wine Advocate)
96 Points – Huon Hooke