VARIETY : 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
REGION : Margaret River
OAK : 18 months in a selection of fine grained French oak barriques from specially chosen forests. 50% new oak; 30% 1 year old and 20% 2 year old barrels. The Malbec is barrel fermented in 500 litre puncheons.
ALCOHOL : 14.3%
COLOUR : Deep garnet red
AROMA : Lifted red berry and cedar
PALATE : This is a classic Margaret River Cabernet with elegant natural tannins, some floral qualities over plum and gravelly depth. A fine balanced wine, with a long palate that shows finesse.
WINEMAKING : Each parcel of fruit is gently crushed and transferred into small open fermenters. Before fermentation starts the juice is concentrated by removing 15% of the volume. This facilitates a greater intensity of flavour. Heading down boards keep the cap submerged for better skin contact. The fermenters are temperature controlled to provide optimum conditions. Gentle extraction is achieved by the draining of wine from the skins and returning back over. Wine is then transferred to French oak barrels for maturation.
93 / 100 James Halliday
"Said to be Night Harvest's finest cabernet selection, spending 18 months in French oak; the grapes come from the estate vineyard in the warmer, northern Margaret River. Deeply coloured, it is the full-bodied brother to the medium-bodied Butler Crest Cabernet; here fruit and tannins in particular have been ratcheted up. This needs to be locked up for a non-parole period of 5 years. Drink by 2035."
GOLD Medal - Cairns Wine Show 2014
Silver Medal - Cowra Wine Show 2014
Silver Medal - Margaret River Wine Show 2014
Silver Medal - Aust Small Winemakers Show 2014
Bronze Medal - Royal Hobart Wine Show 2014
Bronze Medal - Qantas Wine Show of WA 2014