Lifted aromas of violets, freshly cut herbs, bramble fruits, and ground coffee - signature characteristics of this Cabernet blend. Created in a style that hails to the greatness of Cabernet Franc, as the leading varietal, this wine provides the palate with a silky tannin profile that is laced into some luscious blackcurrant flavours. Made to drink well now and even better over the next 12-15 years.
Halliday's Wine Companion - 92 Points
Huon Hooke, The Real Review - 92 Points
This wine is a chance for me to get serious and produce a wine that will stand the test of time in someone's deep, dark cave of a cellar. Intensely concentrated with dark berries, spice, and violets. This is not an overly extracted Cabernet that knocks out the drinker, but instead is a style that is restrained, refreshing, and focused on delivering great complexity with time in the glass.
French oak is the key to bringing this blend together as it spends 18 months maturing in barrel. My style is reflective of Bordeaux's right-bank who, for decades, have produced epic wines that have dominated the world stage. Cabernet Franc and Merlot lead as the dominant varietal, while the blending of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec adds a formality of structure and density on the palate. I look forward to enjoying this wine 20 years from now.
A picture perfect ripening season leads to wonderfully ripe tannins and flavours across all the varietals; Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon. All varietals were de-stemmed and pumped into stainless steel fermenters. Fermentation was induced with selected Bordeaux favoured yeast strains, and the must was pumped over twice daily to extract the perfect amount of tannins, colour, and aromas. Fermentation of all batches occurred over a 14-18 day process with parcels then pressed off into barrels for malolactic fermentation and maturation for the next 18 months. Fining was limited as was the addition of sulphur dioxide. After 14 months, the wines were racked, blended, and returned to barrel for integration. Once maturation was completed the wines were bottled via sterile filtration membrane.
E. McDougall & Co. is the product of collaboration between Eddie and some of the best winegrowers in Margaret River. Seeking out the best landscapes and varietals to create these groundbreaking blends is his philosophy behind this premium range of Australian wines.
Production: 3000 bottles
Grape Variety: 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 15% Malbec, 9% Merlot
Appellation: Margaret River
Soil: Sandy and clay
Ageing/Maturation: 18 months in barrel
Cellar Potential: 12-15 years
Service: Serve at 16¬∞C
Size of the Vineyard: 10 acres
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