Jilyara 'Honeycomb Corner' Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Margaret River, Western Australia) "...blackberry, bitter chocolate, cedar..."
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.
"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
"A youthful purple to red hue in the glass that shows the wines youth is coupled with a primary fruited nose of blackberry and cassis with some graphite and cocoa notes. The palate has black cherry combining with blackcurrant alongside a fine yet firm line of tannin; there plenty of acidity with cedar showing itself and good length of earthen blackberry fruit. Give it a couple of years to come into its own." - 89 Points, Patrick Eckel