MIKE’S WINE NOTES:
Mike Davies – Co-founder Greenskin Wine, winemaker and wine packaging specialist.
When it comes to Cabernet, Margaret River punches way above its’ weight and we are particularly pleased to have been able to secure this wine that is no exception from Calneggia Family Vineyards. It is also a testament to Brian Fletcher’s wine-making skill and experience.
In 2019, The Margaret River Wine Region had a late harvest, starting in early March continuing into late April-early May – two to three weeks later than previous years which has the advantage of a cooler ripening period but the risk of the weather turning on you before optimum ripeness is achieved. In this case, the weather held off and the best outcome was realised.
This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and has got such great structure that it doesn’t need any Merlot or Cabernet Franc to broaden its’ already full and balanced middle palate.
Colour: Deep red with purple highlights.
Bouquet: Blackcurrant, cassis, black olives & dark chocolate with hints of marzipan.
Palate: Sweet red berries, blackcurrant and vanilla laced with earthy tones make this wine very approachable now while it is clear that it will get even better with time.
ANDREW’S WINE NOTES:
Andrew Caillard – Master of Wine – Author & Film Maker
Medium deep colour. Fresh blackcurrant, raspberry, black olive, graphite aromas with savoury notes. Well concentrated and vigorous with plentiful cassis, blackberry, raspberry fruits, attractive savoury nuances and fine silky tannins.
An impressive claret style with generous flavours and a firm finish. Bottled in the compact and light weighted greenskin pouch. The quality and freshness of this cabernet sauvignon highlights the potential of this packaging for more premium quality wines.
Ideal for picnics and outdoor expeditions. Drink Now but will keep for a while. 13.2% alc.
HUON’S WINE NOTES:
Huon Hooke is a leading Australian wine writer, critic, educator and show judge, best known for his columns in Sydney Morning Herald Good Food and Good Weekend.
Deep, bright, very youthful looking purple/red colour, the aromas very typical of the region with nori, seaweed aromas overlying black berry fruits, with a lacework of dried herbs. Traces of chocolate and vanilla.
The palate is lively and refreshing, intense and full-bodied, with ample tannins, which are ripely supple while the acidity adds mouthwatering freshness throughout.
92/100 points. Silver Medal Winner!
SPECIAL NOTE RE: ‘BEST BEFORE’ DATE
Please note that this 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon has a ‘Best Before’ date of October 2022 on its label – here’s why:
As the pouches we selected have not been filled before in the Australian wine market, we could not decisively say when wine oxidisation/deterioration may commence.
Although not a mandatory requirement with wine, when filling this Cabernet Sauvignon, we decided to take the responsible approach and be over cautious and print a ‘Best Before’ date on the wine labels as 18 months (after the pouches had been filled) in the event that the wine started to oxidise/deteriorate.
However, with the continual monitoring of our wines, we have had no such problem and are now confident that 24 months and beyond is quite ok, and as we go, we will probably extend that even further.
Wine generally gets better with age (not worse), but all wines do have a tipping point (in glass or pouch) where they will oxidise and become less than desirable, which is why we are constantly lab testing and tasting our wines.
We will NOT dispatch any wine that is in any way faulty/oxidised and are continually monitoring all of our wines, so rest assured the wine you receive will be drinking beautifully well beyond the date we (conservatively) printed on the label.
You can see more information on this, including the testing and monitoring we are doing through the link below.