The Plantagenet winery is located in the Mount Barker township, a sub-district of the Great Southern region in Western Australia. The area is famous for its premium quality, cool climate wine production, its proximity to the Southern Ocean ensuring the slow ripening of the grapes which enhances fruit composition and aromatic qualities. Plantagenet's five vineyards are located to the south and west of the town.
The fruit was sourced almost entirely from the Wyjup vineyard planted in 1970. The vines grow on ancient free-draining gravel loams upon sun-drenched north-facing slopes located between Mount Barker and the Denmark area in the Great Southern region. A small proportion came from the old Bouverie vines on Plantagenet's original vineyard.
The Cabernet fruit was primarily harvested with some machine harvesting in 2013 to optimise timing of crushing. Fermentation took place in small fermenters with regular drain and return and pump-overs to maximise oxygen and extraction. After fermentation, the tanks were topped and the wine was allowed to rest on skins for an extended maceration of four to six weeks with malolactic fermentation occurring while on skins. The wine was then pressed to tank and racked to oak for 18 months. After blending, the wine was returned to oak for a further six months before a light egg white fining and bottling.
Youthful and vibrant, offering drink-now appeal along with great cellaring potential. A complex wine with intense cassis aromas, mulberry, cedar and spice plus hints of mint and tobacco. The palate displays a core of rich dark fruit supported by elegant structure, savoury oak and long finish.