House of Cards The Royals Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Margaret River
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£26.50 per bottle
88 in stock

96++ Points - Stuart McCloskey “Another wine which I sampled over two days with day two showing a blossoming beauty. Unmistakably from the Margaret River with screaming aromatics of blackcurrant, leather, black olive, cedar, mint, dark chocolate. The palate is ripe and packed with flavour. As you would expect, it lacks some of the depth of Ace of Spades, but it is a stellar effort nonetheless, and one which richly deserves to be enjoyed by us all. There’s a lovely freshness which underlines the wine’s character. Tannins are svelte with the merest smidgeon of dust / dried herb, which adds character. Wait a few minutes and a tang from orange peel emerges along with savoury, earthy notes. Lots of bright acidity which lifts the wine. A belter and one that can be enjoyed now through to 2028. Decant for 2-3 hours. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”

97+ Points – Magdalena Sienkiewicz "Elegant aromas of dark berries, fruity chocolate and roasted coffee intermixed with pencil lead, graphite and violets. There is a faint whiff of menthol and the bouquet gracefully departs with a delicate, floral lift. The palate is noticeably more savoury with dark chocolate, cedar, redcurrants, an abundance of minerals and lingering chalky tannins. It’s elegant without being too serious. The redcurrant character provides a crunch of refreshing acidity. This is a well made, classy expression of Cabernet with the hallmark of elegance and purity of Margaret River. Decanting is key to unveiling its savoury complexities – a sign The Royals will evolve beautifully in the cellar for 6-8 years. Sampled using Zalto Bordeaux glassware following 5 hours of decanting."

Technical: Optimal growing conditions in 2018 lead to a vintage of high yields and sensational fruit quality. The fruit was handpicked, crushed and transferred to open top ferment bins where it was hand plunged. Extended skin contact for 28 days post ferment to add to the tannin structure. Basket pressed to French oak, 40% new, where it matured for 18 months. 40% Clone 337 from our new Clonal block for the first time for our 2018 vintage.

Taste & Aroma

96++ Points - Stuart McCloskey “Another wine which I sampled over two days with day two showing a blossoming beauty. Unmistakably from the Margaret River with screaming aromatics of blackcurrant, leather, black olive, cedar, mint, dark chocolate. The palate is ripe and packed with flavour. As you would expect, it lacks some of the depth of Ace of Spades, but it is a stellar effort nonetheless, and one which richly deserves to be enjoyed by us all. There’s a lovely freshness which underlines the wine’s character. Tannins are svelte with the merest smidgeon of dust / dried herb, which adds character. Wait a few minutes and a tang from orange peel emerges along with savoury, earthy notes. Lots of bright acidity which lifts the wine. A belter and one that can be enjoyed now through to 2028. Decant for 2-3 hours. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”

97 Points – Magdalena Sienkiewicz "Elegant aromas of dark berries, fruity chocolate and roasted coffee intermixed with pencil lead, graphite and violets. There is a faint whiff of menthol and the bouquet gracefully departs with a delicate, floral lift. The palate is noticeably more savoury with dark chocolate, cedar, redcurrants, an abundance of minerals and lingering chalky tannins. It’s elegant without being too serious. The redcurrant character provides a crunch of refreshing acidity. This is a well made, classy expression of Cabernet with the hallmark of elegance and purity of Margaret River. Decanting is key to unveiling its savoury complexities – a sign The Royals will evolve beautifully in the cellar for 6-8 years. Sampled using Zalto Bordeaux glassware following 5 hours of decanting."

Technical: Optimal growing conditions in 2018 lead to a vintage of high yields and sensational fruit quality. The fruit was handpicked, crushed and transferred to open top ferment bins where it was hand plunged. Extended skin contact for 28 days post ferment to add to the tannin structure. Basket pressed to French oak, 40% new, where it matured for 18 months. 40% Clone 337 from our new Clonal block for the first time for our 2018 vintage.

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass

Due to further lockdowns in Austria we are experiencing extended delays with our Zalto orders.  

We are currently expecting our next delivery to arrive October 2021.

The Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wine's depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhône style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.

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House of Cards

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House of Cards was established in 2011 after owners Elizabeth and Travis returned to Yallingup from travelling overseas where Travis completed vintages in New Zealand and Canada. Their goal for the winery was simple; to passionately create single vineyard wines of exceptional quality. Their wine is handmade onsite using traditional winemaking practices including hand plunging and manual basket pressing. House of Cards are 100% organic and arguably, they are some of the best value wines you will find in Margaret River.

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Region

Margaret River

 

"The list of awards given to this tiny area in Australia’s most isolated region is endless and it’s no wonder that Margaret River is dominating Australia’s premium sector.."

 

Perched all the way over on Australia’s most south westerly tip is Margaret River. A region that accounts for less than 5% of Australia’s wine production but is responsible for 20% of the premium wines and the lion’s share of awards. Probably best known as the region that produces some of the new world’s finest Cabernet, Margaret River specialises not only in red and white, Bordeaux style wines but the region is also gaining a reputation for premium Chardonnays that rival some of the best found in Burgundy. Deep Woods have scooped up a multitude of awards across their range, and another spectacular producer, House of Cards, have created a range of single vineyard wines of exceptional quality. Flowstone’s wines have been awarded 95 points or above and Stuart Pym continually displays his craftmanship in each and every vintage he produces. The list of awards given to this tiny area in Australia’s most isolated region is endless and it’s no wonder that Margaret River is dominating Australia’s premium sector.

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