Tasting Note

2012 ‘Dirty Boots’ Cabernet Sauvignon


95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 1% Malbec


Yallingup + Wilyabrup, Margaret River

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.

Four blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon were selected for this blend: two from Yallingup and two in the heart of Wilyabrup. The Yallingup Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards have provided the earthy, chocolate, blackberry notes with fleshy texture; the Wilyabrup components contribute ripe blackcurrant and violet aromatics with dense and rich filigreed long tannins. Together, they make 2012 Dirty Boots is a richer and more complete Cabernet Sauvignon with well integrated cedary oak. The 2012 vintage has provided Cabernet Sauvignon with weight and concentration but also great finesse. The 4% Merlot and 1% Malbec added a little complexity and structure to the Cabernet Sauvignon without changing the essence.

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