94% Cabernet Sauvignon
Each year our Cabernet Sauvignon is named after a family member or family friend. This year our Cabernet Sauvignon is named ‘Ivy Kathleen’ after owner Heather Watson’s mother.
2003 was a rather hot dry growing season in Margaret River. Our Cabernet Sauvignon yielded 2.2 tonnes per acre while our Malbec yielded 1.5 tonnes per acre.
Our 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Malbec. Picked in mid April, the parcels of fruit for our Cabernet Sauvignon were crushed into small concrete 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 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon remained in new French oak for a total of 24 months.
This wine has an intense rich purple colour. The nose shows lifted primary characters of blackberry, cassis and mint. The nose also shows fine grained French oak influences enhanced by vanilla and cedar notes. The palate is tight, restrained and powerful. The sweet fruit characters of the palate mirror the nose, while the tannins are mouth coating and ripe. The wine finishes cool and elegant. Still tight and reserved, this wine shows amazing intensity and power.
This wine won a Gold Medal and was runner up for the Trophy for ‘Best Cabernet Sauvignon’ at the 2005 Margaret River Wine Show (which was won by our 2002 ‘Emilie May’). This wine also won a Gold Medal at the 2005 Rutherglen Wine Show.
This wine has been sealed with 54mm chateau corks. Peak drinking from 2010-2023, with the potential to cellar till 2026.
Tasting Note January 2009
Rich brooding nose, dense blackcurrant and cassis over hints of mint.
Palate showing dense fruit over tight long tannins. Tight grain French oak under layers of fruit. Still looking quite fresh due to lovely acidity.
Gold – Margaret River Wine Show 2005
Gold – Rutherglen Wine Show 2005
96 points Jeremy Oliver 01 Jan 2015
‘Best Cabernet Sauvignon’ Ray Jordan’s Guide to WA Wine 2006/07 01 Jan 2006
‘Red Wine of the Year’ – Ray Jordan’s Guide to WA Wine 2006/07
96 Points Ray Jordan’s Guide to WA Wines 2015
2006 Margaret River Wine Show – Silver
Gold Medal – Margaret River Wine Show 2010
94 Points – Huon Hooke