Tasting Note

2012 ‘Black Betty’ Single Vineyard Yallingup Cabernet


100% Cabernet Sauvignon


Yallingup, Margaret River, WA

The Distance is a concept: unique parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon from outstanding sites studded around the Southwest of Western Australia. Why? Cabernet Sauvignon is arguably the iconic grape of WA and excels in many regions, sub-regions and individual sites. We have admired the Cabernet produced from several of these sites and wanted to investigate this diversity.

We have a set of parameters for The Distance project:
The site must grow Cabernet Sauvignon of the highest quality in that region.

The Cabernet will be made to emphasise the regional and subregional differences without compromising quality.
Cabernet Sauvignon must form the majority of any blend.

Other varieties used for blending but must come from the same site.

The 2011 Black Betty Cabernet Sauvignon is from an older vineyard, planted in the 80’s, on the ridges above Geographe Bay. An east to northeast slope with rows planted along the north-south grid, the cabernet is on an old lyre trellis providing excellent fruit exposure during ripening. The Cabernet Sauvignon is handpicked and destemmed to 1.5T open fermenters. Fermentation takes approximately 2 weeks but the wine was left on skins until the cap fell totalling 35 days skin contact overall. This adds a layered and supple texture to the mouthfeel of the tannins. Maturation was 17 months in a mix of 225L and 300L barrels with 45% new oak. This wine was bottled without filtration.

Picking dates 9th and 17th March 2011.
Analysis at picking: 13.3Be, pH 3.65, TA 5.3g/L.

The 2011 Black Betty Yallingup Cabernet Sauvignon is an attractive medium-dark red with purple rim. The nose is seductive and nearly delicate: blackcurrant, blackberry, forest floor, dried herbs, black olive and subtle smoky oak all emerge with time in the glass. A rich plump deeply textured palate with ultra-fine tannins again shows typical Yallingup power and purity. The fleshy Cabernet midpalate is a feature of this site which dovetails into a graceful and powerful finish featuring refined powdery layered tannins. A Cabernet that keeps growing and another keeper…

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