2016 Passel Estate Lot 71 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Margaret River, WA
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.
- Region Margaret River
- Vintage 2016
- Type Red Wine
- Variety Cabernet Sauvignon
- Volume 750ml
- Vintage Notes
Margaret River experienced moderate to high rainfall throughout Winter, followed by a moderate Spring and even Summer temperatures with minimal rainfall, leading to healthy flowering and fruit set and a perfect ripening season. Another challenging year in terms of bird pressure, owing to a lack of marri blossom in surrounding bushland; which was kept under control with well-timed bird netting. Quality was high overall, with whites and reds displaying super-fine structure, impressive elegance and minerality. Crop yields were low, but the fruit performed beautifully, making this a vintage to be valued.
- Vineyard Notes
Our old-vine Houghton clone Cabernet Sauvignon is planted north-south, thus benefitting from even sunlight and warmth on either side of the canopy throughout the growing season. The vines are minimally irrigated, with special attention paid to achieving full solarisation and fruit exposure on each vine through rigorous canopy management and leaf removal. Each vine is then fine-tuned via the removal of excess and green bunches, resulting in perfectly uniform development of opulent tannin with intense fruit flavour and aromatics throughout the block.
Fruit from a single block on the estate was harvested and berries crushed (just split) and sent to a fermentor. 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, before being lightly fined, filtered and bottled.
- Tasting Notes
We recommend decanting this wine to reveal an olfactory wave of glazed cherries, red currants, violets and mulberries, woven into a tapestry of fine French oak tones of cedar, freshly roasted coffee and bay. Utterly fine tannin on the entry sets the stage for a journey into elegance, subtlety and texture and poise. A finish of red fruits, both flavours and textures, brought to yield by an endless line of red cherry acidity. This wine will continue to mature gracefully and can be cellared for 10+ years. Less than 150 cases were produced.