MIKE’S WINE NOTES:
Mike Davies – Wine Maker – Founder Greenskin Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, The King & Queen of Red grape Varieties, have a similar relationship to that of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon in the White Wine World. While the Cabernet provides the spine & structure of power, tannin and astringency, the Merlot fills in the gaps and lends softer juicier and supple characteristics, making them ideal blending partners.
This 2018 Wine was grown on vineyard holdings in Margaret River owned by the Calneggia Family and vinified by Brian Fletcher, a well-known, respected and successful Winemaker who re-located to Margaret River at around the turn of the century.
When I was cutting my teeth as an assistant winemaker at Katnook Estate in Coonawarra in the Eighties, I would look forward to “Fletcher” – one of the “Young Turks” of the re-invigorated Australian Wine Industry coming across from Great Western to provide direction on the grapes that we were processing for him in his role of Head Winemaker for the Seppelt Company. Even though that was a long time ago, I can report that we have both managed to retain our boyish good looks!
Brian has expertly crafted this wine, harnessing the essence of Margaret River fruit while showing enough respect to the traditional Bordeaux style, which from this region regularly beats the Bordelais at their own game. This is no exception!
Colour – Deep red with some crimson hues & purples edges.
Bouquet – Blackcurrant, cherries, cassis and forest floor with some tones of mushroom and toasted oak.
Palate – long and luxuriant with a firm backbone of fruit power and tannin augmented by fleshy red berries, oak complexity and a fine but firm finish.
ANDREW’S WINE NOTES:
Andrew Caillard – Master of Wine – Author & Film Maker
Medium deep crimson. Blackcurrant plum blueberry aromas with dried leaf/ aniseed notes. Well concentrated and vigorous with juicy fresh black fruits, fine persistent al-dente, leafy textures and long fresh crisp acidity. Finishes cedary firm, buoyant and long. 13.2%