Tasting Note

2011 ‘Cannonball’ Cabernet Sauvignon + Merlot + Petit Verdot


56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 14% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec


Wilyabrup, Margaret River, WA

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are often blended all around the world of wine. Petit Verdot is a near forgotten cog, a variety of such surreal potency that only a few percent in a blend ultimately change the style. We like it. Malbec has also found a home here; far from a waif or stray its more the prodigal son returned. Troublesome, yet powerful, it needs judicious handling.

The blend is from 3 vineyards in the north of the Margaret River region each having over 20 years vine age. Each individual wine was impressive and showed the extraordinary quality of the 2011 vintage, but the blend had something extra.

The 2011 Cannonball is a dense brooding blend with tightly coiled fruit that will blossom with age. The building blocks are there. There is blackberry, earthy, Satsuma, brickdust, floral and dried herb aromas with a pinch of mocha oak. A powerful palate with beautifully integrated components: a backbone of Cabernet Sauvignon with plush blackberry and a hint of dried sage, fleshy Merlot mulberry and spice, powerful Petit Verdot with lifted floral and leather notes and great tannin drive and the tiny but significant component of tight Malbec adding mid palate grunt and a hint of gravelly tannin.

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