Classic Margaret River Cabernet. Blackcurrant, clove, eucalyptus, soy and a ferrous/charcoal element. Lovely depth and weight, with a cruising sleek feel and then some arresting tannins. Aussie claret. Waters Wine Co
We started picking the Sheoak Cabernet on 27th March and from the moment the fruit hit the fermenter it looked destined to be a classic. Instantly perfumed and richly coloured, the wine spent 14 days on skins with a peak fermentation temperature around 28 ̊C. The wine was pressed to tank and settled briefly, before being transferred to a combination of new (25%) and two and three-year-old barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine was only racked once in this time and, after 14 months in oak, was emptied from barrel. At this juncture we decided the final makeup, which is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon 15 % Merlot and 13% Malbec. These wines were then settled together clarified and bottled.
Cabernet is King and long will it reign in our eyes. This is our favourite Nocturne Cabernets yet with epic drinkability yet huge complexity and verve. If Ernest Hemingway were still alive, he’d be pouring this in by the bucketful. A cassis-laden dream if you will. – Julian & Alana Langworthy