$239.93 / case
|Our Price: $39.99 / bottle (RRP: $45.00)||Case: 6 x 750 ml|
A brand new wine label from an industry veteran.
Cath Oates is a born and bred local of the Margaret River region. Her family owns vineyards in the dress-circle of Wilyabrup, where their best Cabernet blocks have often ended up in one of the regions most famous and iconic (read bloody expensive) releases. Cath has been surrounded by vines all her life, and the journey has taken her long and far. In recent years, she has taken on the chief-winemaker gig at Plantagenet, where she remains, whilst her fledgling label gathers steam.
This has been a life-long dream to produce Margaret River Cabernet that bears her name, and with this the inaugural release (commercially anyway), the bar has been set very high. Cath hand's pick every grape bunch herself; making sure that only the most perfectly ripe and unblemished fruit ends up in the fermenter. It's a laborious process, but it inevitably means good solid clean fruit, and consistency.
Holy Batman is this a good wine. It's prim and proper Marg's Cabernet. Generosity of the black fruit spectrum, but with balanced sugars and tannins. The classic leafiness and hint of spearmint is there, but its additive, not detractive. Ripper stuff. It is the equal of many of the great names of the region.
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon shows great Margaret River typicity of cassis flavours sympathetically supported by extended ageing over 18 months in french oak barriques and puncheons. With the structure to reward extended ageing in your cellar it also has the freshness and complexity to provide immediate enjoyment. Hand harvested from the best Cabernet Sauvignon block at the Wilagri vineyard the fruit is gently destemmed and sorted before being hand plunged for several weeks, followed by a further extended maceration time to polish the tannin structure before oak ageing. Following barrel selection and blending the wine is bottled without filtration to preserve freshness and fruit.
"The first Cabernet that I've made from the vineyard, the 2014 will always be a special wine to me. It was a dream to make; well balanced tannins and acidity at moderate sugars, meaning a resulting wine that shows the elegance and fragrance that I try to achieve in my wines" - Cath Oates.
'The colour isn't deep, but the hue is excellent; there's a lot to please in the wine, notably its freshness and varietal expression; the tannins are fine and persistent, as they should be. A stylish medium-bodied cabernet that takes you by grace, not storm.'
95 Points - James Halliday
'Cath Oates is a winemaker name familiar to many in the Australian wine trade, and now her last name appears on her own wines, from Wilyabrup vines. The project is in tandem with family. One of those ‘watch [buy] with interest’ kind of wine offerings.
Even keeled, finely formed cabernet of distinguished feel. Attractive bouquet suggests all things Margaret River in blue berries, light plumminess, bay leaf, a smidge of black olive with scents of toasty oak amongst it all. There’s fine ribbons of tannin clenching dark fruit, spice and more dried bayleaf in the palate – a long, even flow of medium weight elegance. The finish comes with a lacy flourish of tannin and freshness. It’s serious stuff, structured and detailed, well hewn, ‘classic’-feeling. An impressive release. Where were you for Oates Ends first releases..?'
94 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
'Deep ruby in colour, this exceptional Margaret River style is elegant and reserved with layers of powerful blackberry, blackcurrant, gravel and cedar fruits. Full bodied and firm, it shows well integrated and generous fine-grained tannins that promise plenty in the future.'
Angus Hughson - Wish Magazine (The Australian)
'A classic mid-weight Cabernet, the overriding story here is balance, with aromatics that include some regional leaf in amongst the blackcurrants. There’s a delicacy here that is just delicious, the unforced style what you want (or I want) Margs Cabs to taste like, and with those fine tannins that regularly come from extended time on skins. In context – and given the wine the fruit otherwise goes into – this is well-priced too. Best drinking: 2017-2030+.'
94 Points - Andrew Graham