Brygon Reserve 'Third Wheel' Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
By James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion
Brygon Reserve 'Third Wheel' Reserve Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon
Drink By: 2022
Date Tasted: 26 Mar 2014
Winery: Brygon Reserve
Region: Margaret River
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
A high quality Margaret River Cabernet, full of lush cassis fruit tempered by some earth and black olive notes, ripe tannins and some French oak also well and truly in play.
By Brygon Reserve
'Third Wheel' Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Margaret River Western Australia
Alc. Vol: 13.50%
2012 season really was something special and agreed amongst the Margaret River winemakers that it was an outstanding season. The Semillon, Sauvignon blends and Chardonnay are rated as outstanding. The warmer weather conditions brought forward vintage by 3 weeks for both reds and whites. Disease pressure was minimal because of seasonal consistency with little rainfall recorded between January until the end of March.
Ageing Process: 12 months- 40% new French oak, 20% old French oak, 20% old American oak.
Grapes were harvested, de-stemmed and crushed into static fermenters for fermentation on skins typically for 10 days, with temperatures between 24 - 26c. Regular gentle pump overs to extract colour and tannin. Pressed gently through state of the art pneumatic presses directly to oak to finish fermentation and commence maturation.
Fragrant aromas of blackcurrant, fleshy ripe plums and coffee beans. A palate of cassis with a lengthy finish. Well-weighted oak and velvety tannins.
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