The 2017 vintage in Margaret River was punctuated by several rain events during harvest that put the nerve of the viticulturist and winemaker to the test. A return to healthy rainfall levels in the preceding winter and a wet, cool spring resulted in healthy vines carrying a slightly higher than average crop. This meant that the ripening and picking times were up to three weeks later than the short term average. However, careful selection at harvest time has meant that the ‘Wisdom’ Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon will stand up as an iconic representation of variety and place.
The fruit was hand-picked to maximise quality and to allow sorting of the fruit in the winery. Fermented in open top fermenters with indigenous yeast for ten days the wine was gently pressed off skins in a basket press, to complete malolactic fermentation in French oak. The wine spent 14 months maturation in new, 1 year old and seasoned French oak barriques.
Brilliant dark red with a red hue, the wine displays intense aromatic red Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics of cassis, bay leaf and cigar box, whilst the French oak maturation provides hints of vanillin and mocha to the bouquet. The finely structured palate has characters of plums, cassis and dark chocolate. Fine, svelte tannins give the palate a lovely line and length. A wine to be enjoyed upon release, or will reward those who patiently cellar over the next 10 years.