2017 Passel Estate Lot 71 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Margaret River, Western Australia
Made from a single block of old-vine Cabernet Sauvignon and matured for 18 months in fine French oak barriques, 58% of which were new.
From $96.00 per bottle
Tasting Notes: Bracing aromas of red currants, blue berries and violets to start, further opening with time to reveal tones of cassis and wet slate. The palate enters focused and seamless, laced with tensile black and blue fruit tannin and extreme poise and persistence. A dark and brooding power lurks beneath the tight knit lattice of fruit and oak tension only to be unleashed with time. This wine will continue to mature beautifully and can be cellared for 10+ years.
Winemaking notes: Fruit from a single block on the estate was harvested and berries crushed (just split). A regime of cool fermentation on skins for 14 days with multiple, yet gentle daily pump overs was employed in order to extract every morsel of luxury tannin and flavour from each berry. When peak concentration was achieved the wine was separated from the skins directly to a special selection of the finest French Oak barriques, 58% of which were new. The wine was matured in oak for 18 months, then a further 4 years in bottle before release.
Emma Farrelly, Wine Pilot
"Decanted this for a few hours to allow the wine to reveal itself, and I’m glad I had the patience. I’ve long been a fan of the 2017 Cabernets from Margaret River...a beautiful vintage of restraint and elegance. This is just starting to develop some subtle secondary notes, warm leather, spice cupboard, tobacco leaf and white pepper. There are layers of dark ruby fruit complexity, with plenty of density and concentration. Tannins are tapered and long. A very smart wine."
Ray Jordan, West Australian Wine Review
"Elegance and style; that's what the '17 Margaret River vintage was all about. It was cool but very long, allowing the fruit to eventually ripen to reveal quite beautiful characters. On the nose you get a combination of dark fruits, minerals and graphite with a little black olive nuance. The palate is seamlessly structured with those fine tannins and well-managed oak focusing and supporting. A most poised cabernet."
International Wine Challenge 2023
International Wine & Spirit Competition 2023
"Tomato leaf, tapenade, black cherry and liquorice unite in this herbal, savoury example. Harmonious and elegant, with a refreshing red fruit undercurrent on the palate and firm, silky tannins. Delicious!"
Andrew Caillard MW, The Vintage Journal
“Medium-deep crimson. Attractive blackcurrant, sesame, praline, hint espresso aromas and flavours. Well concentrated and balanced wine with plentiful cedar-y firm tannins, mid palate volume and new oak. Lovely complexity and drive."
Jeni Port, Wine Pilot
"There’s a lot to like – even applaud – here. It’s a treat to see a seven-year-old Margaret River Cabernet still available for purchase. Doubly so when a top vintage and a wine’s ageing potential is so persuasively on show. The ’17 vintage was cooler, and it shows in a very fine expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, one with finesse and excellent natural balance. The vintage allows the fruit to sing, the winemaker encourages it with a sensitive use of oak. Violet, acacia, bush mint, black berries, plum and gentle woodsmoke aromas. The palate delivers ripe, well composed fruit with black fruits, plum and dark cherry in the lead, enhanced by dark cocoa, spice and fine tannins that run long and deep. A dry, leafy, herbal edge brings a clean finish."
Decanter World Wine Awards 2022
Fergal Gleeson, Great Wine Blog
"For great wine as for property, it's Location, Location, Location. Despite being grown widely in Australia only 2 or 3 regions can make Cabernet Sauvignon of this quality. Passel Estate's Lot 71 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 is the flagship for this boutique Margaret River winery. It's full bodied, imperious Cabernet with the balance of fruit power, refreshing acid and tannin that only the land and climate of Margaret River can produce. Pretty fruit and briars are on the nose. That core of fruit is tempered with leather and meat on the palate. The long, cool 2017 vintage still producing a wine with plenty of ripeness to hang Cabernet's fine robes around. Delicious Passel Estate!"
- Region Margaret River, Western Australia
- Vintage 2017
- Type Red Wine
- Variety Cabernet Sauvignon
- Volume 750ml