A collaborative tasting note from both Stu and Magda scoring 96++ Points
(Well one scored 97 and one scored 96+ hence the 96++)
Violets, cherries and cranberries spring from the glass in an alluring perfume. Lifted red fruits and subtle graphite injects a southern Margaret River fragrance. Medium bodied on the palate with a balance of prettiness and a supple, salivating structure. Raspberry and cherry fruit are complimented by subtle hints of vanillin from the beautiful French Oak. Forest floor and earthy characters are lifted by a touch of fresh cranberry.
The Wine Front "Strong DNA of Margaret River, blueberries, currants, bay leaf, salt bush and cocoa powder. Looks the goods, well, smells like them. Supple in the palate, richer than expected, lots of sweet, fleshy, choc-berry fruit flavours, soft tannins with a firm, building chomp to close. The wine feels fruit pure, with quiet oak presence. Has a luxurious feel. Sumptuous. Generous. It’s lovely drinking."
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
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.
"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, including gold medals and a staggering 98 points awarded for their Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017. Nocturne’s 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is receiving plenty of recognition and all but one of Flowstone’s wines have been awarded 95 points or above. 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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