Jilyara 'Honeycomb Corner' Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Margaret River, Western Australia) "...blackberry, bitter chocolate, cedar..."
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.
Each variety was harvest separately at optimum ripeness and transported directly to the winery. The fruit was de-stemmed, crushed and transferred to fermenters. A variety of fermentation vessels were used – static fermenters which were pumped over twice daily, and open fermenters which were plunged. Once the various batched had reached the optimum time on skins they were pressed off. Post fermentation the wine was transferred to a variety of vessels for maturation. After 11 months maturation the wine was blended, filtered and bottled.
The 2018 vintage will go down as a classic, great all round year. Flowering and fruit set were also exceptional giving solid yields across WA. Some significant rain events in December set up the vineyard with good levels of ground water to see them through ripening. A relatively cool summer has allowed for slow, steady ripening of whites, retaining high levels of natural acidity. The moderate temperatures continued allowing for optimum ripening conditions for reds resulting in wines with elegance, structure and flavour.
"Includes 12.7% merlot and 2% malbec. More joins these three cabernets than separates them. This has a more savoury character, and is lighter-bodied than its siblings - but all things are relative. It offers the best value by some distance." - 93 Points, James Halliday
"Gorgeously ripe and inviting, the bouquet shows cassis, dark cherry, violet and cedar characters. The palate delivers excellent weight and intensity, beautifully supported by succulent fruit flavours and silky texture. It is wonderfully balanced and structured by fine, polished tannins" - 93 Points, Wine Orbit