In our recent Cabernet collection tasting, this Evans & Tate red was the standout wine, winning our hearts even amongst more highly fancied wines from all over the country (there was even a 96 points bandied about). A big part of this wine’s success is the influence of Deep Woods’ Julian Langworthy, who has been mentoring and working side by side with the team at Evans & Tate, including the super talented vigneron John Fogarty and winemaker Matt Byrne, and the rise in Evans & Tate’s fortune ever since has been remarkable. So where does it come from? Well, Metricup Road runs alongside Evans & Tate’s Margaret River vineyard, located in the middle of prime vineyard land north of the township. This is real Cabernet country, and no wonder that it translates into a classic, classy, medium bodied red. It’s savoury and dry, yet with this lovely flourish of cedary blackberry too. A delicious Margaret River red in the most traditional mode, with flavour tannins and personality
Cedar, dark berries, fine tannins and just a hint of Margaret River bayleaf. Packs in a long finish but is still utterly medium bodied
HOW WAS IT MADE?
The season began beautifully, coming through a cool, wet winter into a warm spring. The weather rallied with a perfect Margaret River summer. Rainfall in March freshened the grapes beautifully and kicked them on to achieve full ripeness, ideal balance and perfumed red wines.
Fruit was picked in the middle of the night to ensure that it stayed cool and pristine prior to fermentation. Following five days of cold soaking, the wine was allowed to ferment for eight days.
Wine Collective Tasting Panel
Margaret River in a glass! Stunning wine that shows just how good Cabernet Merlot from this region can be. Cassis, chocolate and vibrant red fruits covered in silky tannins
Vibrancy, depth and length. An incredible wine at the price point. Red currant, spice and mocha.
Wonderfully intense aromas of dark berries, plums and spice. The palate has abundant juicy sweet fruit on the opening followed by savoury, cedary flavours. The finish is long and flavoursome. Wine is more a medium/full body.