2018 Rocky Road Cabernet Merlot

2018 Rocky Road Cabernet Merlot

Tasting Notes

Brooding aromas of cassis, violets and after dinner mints. Underlying sweet liquorice, black olives and dark chocolate are complemented by subtle fresh earthy notes. Soft forest fruits fill the palate that abounds with cassis and light mocha elements. The silky mid-palate is supported by cocoa flavoured tannins and sweet spiced oak.

Vintage Report 

Preceded by perfect growing conditions in Spring, the 2018 vintage in Margaret River was one of the most classical in recent memory. 20mm of rain at the end of January was well received by our dry grown vineyards. Warm days and cool nights resulted in amazing fruit purity and flavour with balanced acid in our whites. Temperatures warmed up towards the end of March, accelerating the ripening of our reds, giving us incredible flavour concentration with optimal acid and tannin levels. The exceptional quality of our fruit resulting from this vintage has been perfectly reflected in our 2018 wines.

Winemaking

Whole berries were transferred by gravity into 5 tonne concrete fermenters. Partial wild fermentation at low temperature followed. Gentle extraction was carried out twice daily. The fruit spent between7 and 12 days on skins to retain vibrancy and freshness before being transferred to 1-2 years old French oak barriques for 14 months.

Grapes

61% Cabernet Sauvignon 27% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot Alc14%

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon | Merlot
Aging
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Alcohol %
14.2
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Brooding aromas of blackberry conserve, cassis and after dinner mints greet at first swirl. Underlying sweet liquorice, black olives and dark chocolate are moderated by subtle earthy notes. Soft forest fruits fill a soft palate that abounds with cassis and sweet cola flavours. A silky mid palate is supported by velvety cocoa flavoured tannins and sweet spiced oak. A fruit forward number guaranteed to please.
Vineyard Notes
After desirable conditions during flowering, the summer started cool and wet, slowing down the growing season significantly. Conditions improved in late February, developing into a perfect Indian summer. The result is whites that are packed with energy and poise, and reds that got the benefit of a long, cool ripening period; tannin ripeness and complex flavour development. Alcohols are lower than previous years, even with greater physiological ripeness.
Winemaker Notes
The fruit for this wine comes from Hazel’s Vineyard which is our southernmost vineyard. Whole berries were transferred by gravity into 5 tonne concrete fermenters. Underwent partial wild fermentation at low temperature. Gentle extraction was carried out with a combination of hand plunging and pump over twice daily. The fruit spent between 7 and 14 days on skins to retain vibrancy and freshness before being transferred to 1-2 years old French oak barriques for 14-months maturation.
Other Notes
53% Cabernet Sauvignon 32% Merlot 10% Malbec 5% Petit Verdot