2017

Forester Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Hand picked from a selection of super premium Cabernet vineyards at our disposal including a portion of open lyre trellis.

$32.00 /750ml

VARIETAL

93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

APPELLATION

Cabernet Sauvignon

VINTAGE

2017

ALCOHOL

13.5%

OAK

19 months – 44% new, 56% two and three year old French oak barriques

VOLUME

750 mL

Viticulture

Hand picked from a selection of super premium Cabernet vineyards at our disposal including a portion of open lyre trellis. As always, meticulous management of bud numbers and shoot thinning ensure a balanced canopy to ripen the crop. The vines grow in the well regarded gravelly/granite soils of Northern Margaret River and are allowed to reach full ripeness before harvesting. The 2017 vintage had a cooler growing season which pushed out our picking dates around three weeks later than normal. Our best Cabernet blocks were harvested between the 7th of April and the 15th of April.

Winemaking

The fruit was harvested in the morning, delivered to the winery and was processed straight away on receival. Fermentation was controlled at 25-29 degrees Celsius in our small open fermenters with heading down boards. Extraction was achieved by daily draining of the wine away from the skins and returning back over the top, with fermentation and maceration times varying
from 7 to 30 days. The wine was then pressed to a blend of new and older French oak barriques to complete malo – lactic fermentation.

Tasting notes

COLOUR
Deep red with a red – purple hue.

AROMA
Clean, pure and concentrated with lifted aromatic fruit and elegant cedar oak. The wine opens with damp earth, gravel dust and bay leaf complexity to the fore, with underlying fruit characters of mulberry, blueberry and cassis.

PALATE
Medium bodied with fine grain tannins. A complex and heady mix of damp earth, cedar and bay leaf with underlying fruit of cassis and mulberry. The wine has a suede like tannin finish with lingering cedar, earth and bay leaf. A seriously complex wine with great balance, integration, elegance and varietal character.

FOOD MATCHES
Traditional roast lamb with rosemary.

Storage / Bottling

Maturation lasted 19 months before the wine was bottled in January 2019. Bottled under screw cap to ensure the wine retains its varietal and regional integrity for longer.

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