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Capel Vale Regional Series Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

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Picked at optimum ripeness from ‘The Scholar’ vineyard, the fruit is then de-stemmed but not crushed. Cold macerated with a moderate ferment, yeasts are introduced to increase aromatics and texture. Following fermentation and extended maceration, the wine has been matured in new and old French oak barriques, increasing texture and producing an unmistakable Margaret River cabernet character.

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Picked at optimum ripeness from ‘The Scholar’ vineyard, the fruit is then de-stemmed but not crushed. Cold macerated with a moderate ferment, yeasts are introduced to increase aromatics and texture. Following fermentation and extended maceration, the wine has been matured in new and old French oak barriques, increasing texture and producing an unmistakable Margaret River cabernet character.

expert reviews about

Capel Vale Regional Series Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2031
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
92
Ray Jordan (2011 Vintage) says
Wonderful example of the quality of cabernet from this super vintage. Concentrated cabernet fruit on the nose with nots of black currant and black olive against a leafy tobacco minerally backdrop. The palate is loaded with plump juicy fruit held with stern control by firmish tannins and excellent oak. Still pretty young but has potential.
WA Wine Guide 2013
91
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
An elegant, natural red of perhaps finer balance than some of the more expensive releases from Capel Vale. Its sweet, faintly herbal and almost jammy aromas of cassis, dark plums and fragrant, gamey chocolate/vanilla oak reveal just a hint of pine needle. Luscious and juicy, its sweet flavours of berries and plums and cedary oak are framed by a fine, drying extract of loose-knit tannins, finishing with length and grip. It's a fraction raw, but has the fruit and length to age.
2023-2031
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
91
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep garnet; a ripe and pure bouquet of cassis, olive and a little leafy complexity; the palate is full-bodied and layered with ample levels of black fruit, gravelly tannins and a long and even finish; generous cabernet.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Astringent and rather individual, this robust, full-bodied red has a sweet, lightly floral and faintly herbal bouquet of cassis, dark plums, mulberries and dark cherries knit with rather intrusive cedar/vanilla oak. It's firm and drying, with a deep, dark-fruited presence of plums, berries and cherries framed by a slightly edgy cut of tannin and lacking genuine integration. It finishes with an evident lack of freshness and balance.
2022-2030
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
88
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Broad blackcurrant and bright acidity in a mouth-watering style. In the zone forward Australian blackcurrant berry aromas with vanilla and caramel background oak characters. A mass of very soft fine tannins greets the palate cloaking the very ripe rich black currant flavours. The finish is clean.
2014
Rob Geddes MW
88
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; not only single region, but single vineyard as well; while only medium-bodied, it has considerable intensity to its gently earthy blackcurrant fruit, the tannins well-balanced and positive contributors to the wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Dusty, supple and fine-grained, with a violet-like fragrance of cassis, menthol and dark cherries plus a hint of blackberry pastille, it's backed by scents of rather raw, pungent oak. Long and elegant, with lingering flavours of small dark berries and plums supported by pliant tannins, it's finished by fresh acids. Would rate more highly with fresher oak.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
88
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
This is a high class cabernet providing exceptional value for money for this quality. Black currant and edgy black olive nuances on the nose merge with a little dusty oak and leafy tobacco characters. The palate is intense and powerfully structured though with fine tannins and subtle fine grained oak in support. It all comes together so well and with further bottle age will offer exceptional drinking.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
93
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Broad blackcurrant and bright acidity in a mouth-watering style.
Rob Geddes MW
88
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright colour; a distinctly cedary bouquet, with cassis and a touch of black olive thrown in for good measure; the palate shows abundant black and red fruits, with the oak merely seasoning the fruit; the tannins are fine and plentiful; plenty of wine for the price.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Unmistakable Margaret River leaves and herbs, deep colour, dark cherry ans cassis fruits. Builds dark berry flavour as it rolls on commanding tannins.
 
91
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Broad blackcurrant and bright acidity in a mouth-watering style.
Rob Geddes MW
87
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A powerful wine, with ripe blackcurrant and plum aromas and flavours; positive tannins offset any alcohol heat.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
91
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
One of the most improved and impressive producers in WA. This wine is sourced from some quality Margaret River vineyards. It translates into this exceptionally good wine of poise and effortless length and persistence. Aromas of black currant and mint with a palate of pure essency concentrated cabernet juice supported with fine ripe tannins and light cedary oak. Polished expression of the variety.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
92
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied wine, with fine, spicy black fruits; excellent oak handling with silky and long tannins; lovely wine. Gold medal National Wine Show '06.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
96
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
This really looks the part: settled and integrated, a measured cabernet with ripe cassis fruits, plenty of cedary oak and bright sweet spices, framed in dried leaf smells. Soft tannins swing nice and deep through the palate, mixed dark berry flavours - balanced, youthful and impressively elegant.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
93

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