2018 Halliday Cabernet Winner: Margaret River Best of Region
Margaret River Wine Show Trophy: Best Red Wine of Show 2018
Margaret River Wine Show Trophy: Best Single Vineyard Red 2018
97 Points - James Halliday "A nail-biting vintage, rain ravaged then with unbroken sun. "I am as happy with this cabernet as any I have been involved in making," says Julian, and one taste will tell you this isn't marketing spin. A beautiful cabernet, purity and balance of the highest order. 14% alc, screcwap."
96-98 points - Stuart McCloskey “A wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon which offers a distinct regional feel and is just starting to come-around. The wine opens with a beautiful perfume of dark fruits, cassis, warm earth and lead pencil. Medium-bodied, bright and balanced to perfection, which is very much Julian’s style. After a 1-2 hours in the decanter, the 2017 unfolds graciously with sublimely polished fruit. Most impressively are the wines expansive flavours which, and after swallowing, are endless. From sweet cassis (with a dash of menthol) to ink and then onto spice, which leads to fennel seeds. There’s wonderful aromatic freshness and lift and I am very much looking forward to seeing how the wine develops over the coming years. Served in Zalto’s Bordeaux glassware”. (I believe this will comfortably arrive at 98 points in a few years).