Tasting Note

2011 ‘Dirty Boots’ Cabernet Sauvignon

Varieties

96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot

Region

Yallingup + Wilyabrup, Margaret River, WA

Cabernet Sauvignon is king of the Margaret River region. It wears many guises from the tip of Cape Naturaliste in the northern sub-region of Yallingup, to Augusta at the southern tip of the Karridale region. The warmer areas produce richer more generous wines with black fruits and bigger tannin structures; the cooler areas are finer, more delicate with lifted red fruit, floral aromatics and medium bodied structures. Of course this generalized characterization of MR Cabernet Sauvignon can be radically skewed by warmer or cooler growing seasons…ahhh, the joys of viticulture.

Three blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon were selected for this blend: two from Yallingup and one in the heart of Wilyabrup. The Yallingup Cabernets have provided the mocha, chocolate, blackberry notes, midpalate weight and concentration; the Wilyabrup has ripe blackcurrant and violet aromatics with dense and rich finely layered long tannins. Together, the 2011 Dirty Boots is a richer and more complete Cabernet Sauvignon with well integrated cedary oak. The small percentages of Merlot and Petit Verdot add a little more flesh and structure to the palate. A powerful wine and a classic Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon.

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