The 2017 ‘Isabella’ is a single vineyard Bordeaux blend comprising 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 10% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.
Situated one hundred and thirty metres above sea level, the vineyard is uniquely placed to receive cooling sea breezes from both the east and west. The site orientation is north/south with vine spacing at 1.5m and row width of 2.5m. The soil profile is a classic example of the well-drained gravelly soil famed in the region. Extensive granite gneiss rocks are present on site which adds to the mineral complexity available to the vines.
WINEMAKERS TASTING NOTE
Lifted bouquet of blackberry bramble & classic cherry. With notes of spice & cedar.
The complex medium weighted palate displays layers of sweet dark plum fruit & earthly graphite. Smooth fine grain tannins with seamlessly elegant structure to the finish. This wine displays a lovely fine line & perfect balance.
The Cabernet blend was hand harvested on lovely Autumn mornings. Lightly crushed into open fermenters. Hand plunged daily & kept on skins for two months to build plus soften the mid palate. Basket pressed off to season French oak for maturation. Racked once to blend then hand bottled with minimal sulpur.
Best served with rich red meats, game, pasta or spicy Asian dishes.
Region: Margaret River, Western Australia
Sub Region: Yallingup
Contract Winemaker: Josephine Perry
Baume at Harvest: 12.7
Harvest Date: 31 March & 10 April 2017
Bottling Date: 20 May 2018
Closure: Grade 1 natural cork and all bottles are wax sealed by hand
Bottle Type: Bordeaux Renaissance Cork Cannelle