Driftwood Wines Artifacts Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
Driftwood Wines Artifacts Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Driftwood Wines Artifacts Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

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Aromas of varietal cassis, mulberry compote, choc coated blueberry and black olive. A well-structured elegant wine with full mouth coating tannins, subtle French vanilla oak and fresh acidity contributing to a long and flavourful finish.

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Categories: , , Brand: Driftwood Margaret RiverDriftwood Wines
Driftwood Estate is a boutique winery set in the stunning Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, Western Australia. Established by Tom and Helen Galopoulos in 1989 on what had previously been a country retreat, the winery immediately received acclaim when its first wine, a Semillon produced in 1993, won a special commendation in a British competition.

Description

Harvest amazingly began on the same day as 2018, “Valentine’s Day,” although it was really only some of our earlier ripening blocks that got the ball rolling. Further Chardonnay harvests followed through the later stages of February until a white grape avalanche rolled through with the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon coming in hard and fast through early to mid-March trying to beat rainfall events. The weather was testing through April, cooler with some more rainfall events. Red harvest commenced with the Malbec & Shiraz coming off bright and aromatic in late March – early April, followed by the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon batches through to late April showing great intensity. Driftwood’s last harvest was 25th April, a homage to ANZAC day and finally the celebrations could begin.

Winemaking

The Houghton clone cabernet batches came in clean and vibrant between the 18th of April to the 25th of April. All batches were machine harvested in the cool of the night and crushed to static fermenters. A mixture of pre-fermentation cold soak and immediate cultured yeast inoculation techniques were used to harness the unique array of characteristics coming from each block and variety. Colour and phenolics were gently extracted using aerative and closed pump over techniques. Once primary fermentation and MLF were complete in tank they were transferred to a mixture of new, 2nd and 3rd year French oak barrels for 18 months maturation. Batches were blended in early November 2020 prior to being filtered in preparation for bottling in late November 2020.

Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 4% Shiraz, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet merlot.

Colour: Deep red with purple hues.

Aromatics: Aromas of varietal cassis, mulberry compote, choc coated blueberry and black olive.

Palate: A well-structured elegant wine with full mouth coating tannins, subtle French vanilla oak and fresh acidity contributing to a long and flavourful finish.

Oak Maturation: Approximately 38% new French oak barrels with 2nd/ 3rd year French oak barrels

Ageing Potential: Drink over the next 5 – 10 years

WINEMAKING DATA

Geographical Indication: Wilyabrup, Margaret River Winemakers

Winemaker: Kane Grove

pH: 3.53

Titratable Acidity: 6.0 g/L

Residual Sugar: 0.1 g/L

Alcohol: 14.1%