Domaine Naturaliste, Flagship, Morus, Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River
£55.99

95 Points Decanter, June 2015

“Perfumed nose with blueberry, cassis and spice. Refined texture…beautifully balanced. Drink 2018 to 2030” James Lawther MW

Tasting note:

Our finest cuvee of Cabernet Sauvignon from the heart of Margaret River. A single vineyard selection of the prized “Houghton clone” planted in 1978 and then another section in 1982. These fully mature and majestic vines are some of the oldest in the region, planted by the second wave of winegrowing pioneers. The gravelly soils of the vineyard are flanked by the dominant native hard wood trees named Jarrah. Jarrah trees are a favourable and exact biological indicator that the site is ideally matched to Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit expression from this site includes violets, cassis and mulberry. Indeed, mulberry is a very attractive fruit character which is a unique part of the terroir expression of Margaret River Cabernet. This cuvee is named to reflect this unique mulberry character; Morus australis being the genus and species name for the mulberry tree. Mulberry, cassis and cocoa flavours mingle with exotic spices, anise and a hint of aromatic violet. This wine has extraordinary fruit character displaying depth and poise. Elegantly structured with fine, silky ripe tannins, this wine is to be cherished and is destined to evolve over time. A finely detailed wine.

Food matching:

Roast prime rib | game | strong cheeses

Closure:

Procork |spun tin capsule

Variety:

Cabernet Sauvignon | single vineyard | Houghton clone

Maturation:

52% new barrels until the wine has achieved its own harmony, which was 18 months. The barriques are primarily from forests the Center of France, Troncais and a touch of Bertrange. The wine then enjoys another year in bottle before release.

Winemaking:

The fruit was harvested based on achieving a balance of tannin and flavour ripeness while maintaining fruit freshness. The wine was vinified and macerated on skins for 3 weeks, before the fresh purple wine was barrelled down into 225L French oak barriques.

Cellaring Potential:

Will mature gracefully for 15+ years.

Alcohol: 13.5% by vol