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VINTAGE AT EVANS & TATE

– Shu Ying Sengmany

25
Feb

Here at Evans & Tate, we’re heading into vintage.

It is absolutely incredible how the Margaret River Wine Region has established itself as one of Australia’a best wine region in under 50 years. Even though the region only produces three percent of the total Australian grapes volume, it accounts for over a fifth of Australia’s premium market. Hugged by the Indian Ocean, Margaret River enjoys a maritime climate where the warm days and cool nights create beautiful grape growing conditions. As a result, Evans & Tate is able to produce superb wines which also showcase the region’s unique characteristics.

 

Our senior winemaker, Matthew Byrne tirelessly tastes the grapes to ensure that they are at optimum ripeness and flavour before vintage. Once achieved depending on the varietal, it could be picked from the middle of the night till early morning.

Let’s follow the journey of the newly released 2012 Redbrook Cabernet Sauvignon.

“It was picked in the night so the cool fruit could be transferred to a small fermenter to be cold soaked for a few days, capturing all those lovely fruit characters. A neutral yeast culture was added to commence fermentation which lasted 10 days with extended skin contact being carried out for over a fortnight to impart a juicy mouth-feel. After the desired texture, structure and style was achieved, the wines were gently pressed before they were transferred to premium French oak barriques and hogheads. The wine then underwent a short malolactic fermentation. After 12-15 months in barrel which were topped up monthly, each barrel was then tasted and assessed to determine which barrels would be included in the final blend. Lastly, the wine was bottled without fining then aged to perfection prior to release.”

The result?

A perfumed, layered wine that is the essence of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon. Notes of dried herbs, redcurrant and floral hits the nose before the underlying cedar and savoury spice characters round the aromatic experience. The palate is seamless with tremendous length and great intensity of flavour combined with a lovely savoury tannin grip.

 

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