2016

Flametree Cabernet Sauvignon

This is our first 100% Cabernet Sauvignon under the Flametree label. The nose is typically aromatic, showing mulberry, redcurrants and chocolate notes.

$45.00 /750ml

VARIETAL

100% Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

APPELLATION

Flametree Cabernet Sauvignon

VINTAGE

2016

ALCOHOL

14.3%

VOLUME

750 mL

ACIDITY

PH

2016 Vintage

Moderate spring conditions at the end of 2015 helped establish healthy
fruit set and better yields than the previous two seasons. January
temperatures were warm, interrupted by one rainfall event late in the
month which affected white harvest timing more than red. The rain was
actually good for reds because they were going through veraison and we
would normally water during this time in any case. Subsequent warm
summer temperatures, together with good viticulture management
combined to produce clean fruit with ripe flavours and mature tannins.

Vineyards

The fruit for our 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon predominantly comes from the
Wilyabrup sub-region. The core of the wine is from Wilyabrup Estate,
Fraser Gallop and Ridge Farm. We also purchased a small parcel of
Cabernet from the Brushwood vineyard on Commonage Road in Yallingup.
All vineyards have some form of north facing aspect, are grown on gravel
loam soils and produce moderate cabernet crops with small berries and
bunches.

Winemaking

All fruit parcels were selectively machine harvested or hand picked before
being crushed or tipped directly into open fermenters for a few days
soaking on skins. Once the wild ferment kicked in, we started plunging and
doing pump-overs for subtle tannin extraction. The individual batches
were fermented around 22-28 degrees, pressed and then transferred into
new and used French oak barrels for maturation. After 14 months in 35%
new French oak the Cabernet Sauvignon was blended, fined and bottled.

Tasting Notes

This is our first 100% Cabernet Sauvignon under the Flametree label. The
nose is typically aromatic, showing mulberry, redcurrants and chocolate
notes. The palate shows ripe, fleshy varietal Cabernet fruit in the cassis
and mulberry spectrum supported by fine chocolatey tannins. Cabernet
provides great fragrance, complexity and structure all in the one package.
A wine that can be consumed as a young fruit driven wine or cellared with
confidence over the medium to long term.

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