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2012 Flowstone Cabernet Touriga

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RRP $41.80 per bottle

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$161.89 (6 x 750ml)

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Coming out of a perfect 10/10 vintage, this delivers solid, fleshy and seriously intriguing drinking - still medium to full bodied - but something different to the usual offerings of straight down the line Cabernet and Shiraz we see in Oz.

A plethora of purple fruit, liquorice and smoky tobacco tannin, this is lush, powerful and structured - a perfect move for the Shiraz and Cabernet drinker looking to try something new. The Cabernet's framework holds the rounding Touriga fruit to perfection, the whole greater than the sum of its parts. Small volume and finished in all French oak (20% new) this is an elegant offering from Margaret River superstar Flowstone.

Captivating and unusual, it's something a little left of centre that really hits the mark.

expert reviews

Campbell Mattinson (2012 Vintage) says
It has structure, character and style but mostly it has drinkability. It’s just one of those reds that you can admire, should you choose, but can easily hook into at leisure. The value is there via either route. It tastes of nuts and coffee beans, berried fruit and woodsmoke. It feels textural and supple but there’s no lack of tension, or tannin for that matter. One sip and I was heard to mutter: I like the way you’re thinking.
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winemaker's notes

A blend of classic Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, and the classic Portuguese variety Touriga. Cabernet Sauvignon is well known in Margaret River, whereas Touriga less so.

Touriga is one of the main varieties in the Portuguese Vintage Ports. It has wonderful spicy red and black fruit flavours, with a medium to full bodied palate, and puts an interesting twist on Cabernet Sauvignon. Touriga is also known as Touriga Nacional.

Blend: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Touriga.

Vineyard: The Cabernet Sauvignon is from a single vineyard in Willyabrup, planted in the late 90's. It is on lateritic gravelly loam, with a gentle westerly aspect. The Touriga is from a small patch of vines in Yallingup, planted in the late 70's. It is a gnarly old patch of vines, high on the gravelly ridge overlooking Geographe Bay.

The 2012 Season: A dry, warm spring and summer followed by a harvest period of continued warmth. No real heat extremes, just a long mild summer and autumn. The season breaking rains came in late April, well after the grapes were harvested. 2012 is an absolute classic for red and white wines in Margaret River.
The red wines are benchmark Margaret River - intense, focussed, dense and profound. These wines have an inherent sense of poise and balance at an early age, and will live for a very long time.

Winemaking: The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were hand harvested on the 24th March; the Touriga on 7th April. Both varieties were made separately, but in similar manners. Fermentation was in a few open 1 tonne fermenters, with thrice daily plunging. There was no temperature control.
Following fermentation, the Cabernet Sauvignon wine remained on skins for two weeks, the Touriga 10 days. MLF occurred during this period. The wine was subsequently pressed. Pressings wine was not separated. The wine was allowed to settle for 2 weeks, and then transferred to French oak barriques, 20% new. It remained in these barrels for 24 months.
Following barrel maturation, the barrels were blended, fined with free range egg whites, and prepared for bottling. After bottling, the wine was then allowed to relax in bottle for a further 24 months prior to being made available for sale. This wine was released in August, 2016. This wine is 100% bottled under screw cap.

Cellaring Potential: Now and over the next 16 years.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

Acclaim for the 2012 Flowstone Cabernet Touriga:
"Stuart Pym has got his teeth into this bone, and isn't about to let go. It's got flavour, texture, structure, a point of difference" - James Halliday

"It has structure, character and style but mostly it has drinkability. It’s just one of those reds that you can admire, should you choose, but can easily hook into at leisure. The value is there via either route. It tastes of nuts and coffee beans, berried fruit and woodsmoke. It feels textural and supple but there’s no lack of tension, or tannin for that matter. One sip and I was heard to mutter: I like the way you’re thinking." - Campbell Mattinson

"The bouquet is smoky, meaty and funky, loaded with oak and barrel-aged characteristics. Some smoked oyster. The palate is medium to full-bodied and pleasing in its flavour, with the slightest mid-palate dip or hollow. The texture is soft and silky." - Huon Hooke

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