Rosily Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Margaret River, Western Australia) "...blueberry, olive, spice..."
Ken Allan and Mick Scott acquired the Rosily Vineyard site in 1994 and the vineyard was planted over three years to sauvignon blanc, semillon, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, shiraz, grenache and cabernet franc. The first crops were sold to other makers in the region, but by '99 Rosily had built a 120t capacity winery. It has gone from strength to strength, all of its estate-grown grapes being vinified under the Rosily Vineyard label, the wines substantially over-delivering for their prices. The vineyard was certified organic (ACO) in May 2017.
"Strong varietal definition including blackberry and cassis fruits with well-integrated cedary oak. Medium to full-bodied wine with typical sub district blueberry, olive, mint and spice characters. A dried herb finish is well supported by fine grainy tannins and French oak. Enjoy on release or cellar for eight to ten years from release (June 2020)." - Winery notes
"Reliably a very good example of this definitive regional-varietal nexus. 16 months in French oak, 40% new. Shows its origins on the bouquet with the distinctive herbal/bay leaf aroma to the fore, cassis and cedary oak in the background, building as it opens up. A touch of choc-mint adds to the flavour mix on a seamless palate which finishes with ripe, gently firm tannin." - 94 Points, James Halliday