Jilyara 'Heath Road' Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Margaret River, Western Australia) "...blackberry, violet, chocolate..."
A family-owned and operated vineyard in Wilyabrup, Margaret River. Planted in 1996 by the Cotterell family, the nine hectare vineyard grows predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, but also Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit is managed by hand and owner Craig Cotterell does all the vineyard work himself to ensure a sound and disease-free vineyard. Craig has managed every aspect of the vineyard since the beginning and strives to grow grapes of superior quality. Wines are made by Kate Morgan.
The grapes were crushed and pressed immediately after the fruit was harvested in the night, then settled to clarify the juice. The juice cold fermented in stainless steel for 14 days at 12-15C, with selected yeast. It was then fermented in French oak and left on lees and stirred to add further complexity to the style.
"Includes 7.5% each of petit verdot and malbec. Immaculately balanced and presented also via labels across the range. It's an example of a very great year in a string of such vintages. Blackcurrant, forest fruits, then more savoury notes on the finish - pure cabernet." - 95 Points, James Halliday