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2017 Breathing Space Cabernet Sauvignon

Evans & Tate 2017 Breathing Space Cabernet Sauvignon in James Halliday's Top 100 Wines of 2018

2017 breathing space cabernet sauvignon

93 Points 93 93 Points 93

$19.00

$15.20

colour

Deep, purple red with a lovely bright purple rim.

aroma

A pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon - blackberry, olive and a fresh leafy lift makes this wine unmistakably from Margaret River.

palate

Long, elegant and medium bodied with lovely mid-palate texture and fine, succulent "chamois" tannins.

cellaring

Drinking well now or over the next 5 years. 

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vintage

A prolonged cool and wet growing season meant the vines were lush and healthy heading into ripening. This resulted in later maturity, which was accentuated by the cool and wet ripening months – conditions not experienced in Western Australia for more than 10 years. These conditions, coupled with the absence of heat events, produced highly aromatic fruit with low phenolic levels and high natural acidity. April was cool and extremely dry and allowed the grapes to achieve full ripeness.

winemaking

A special block of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Wilyabrup area was selected to make this wine to depict the essence of the darker, black style of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon from this renowned wine growing region. Handpicked fruit was crushed and destemmed before being cold soaked on skins prior to fermentation. The wine was racked off lees into a combination of French oak barriques (225L) and hogsheads (300L) where they underwent a short malolactic fermentation. After 16 months in barrel, and being racked every 3 months, each barrel was individually tasted and assessed to determine the composition of the final blend. The wine was then carefully blended following these trials and lightly fined with fresh, local free-range egg whites before being filtered once and undergoing extended maturation in bottle prior to release.

region

Margaret River

variety

Cabernet Sauvignon

analysis

  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • pH: 3.66
  • TA: 5.99 g/L

Succulent steak.

sydney royal wine show 2018

 

 

james halliday, wine companion 2020

A wine that has often out-performed its price in wine shows and has done it again here, its pristine, fresh varietal fruit has had the exact amount of barrel fermentation to add to its texture without taking any of the shine off the fruit. One taste will lead to another, and another...

93 Points 93

james halliday, wine companion magazine

top 100 wines 2018, november 2018

93 Points 93

ray jordan, the west australian

top 100 reds, july 2018

Honest wine delivering the goods at this price. Sweet black currant and plummy fruit. Smooth and seamless. All ripe berry, a dollop of oak and some dusty fine oak.