Driftwood Wines Single Site Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Driftwood Wines Single Site Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Driftwood Wines Single Site Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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A structurally finessfull wine with aromas of ripe cassis, mulberry jam, chocolate-coated blueberries and baking spices that gives way to a palette of soft binding tannins, cedar-like spiced French oak, complimentary acid and an exceptionally long finish.

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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.

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Tasting notes

A structurally finessfull wine with aromas of ripe cassis, mulberry jam, chocolate-coated blueberries and baking spices that gives way to a palette of soft binding tannins, cedar-like spiced French oak, complimentary acid and an exceptionally long finish.

Colour: Brilliant, deep ruby red with purple hues.

Winemaker notes

The Houghton clone cabernet batches came in clean and vibrant between the 10th and 17th of April. The batches were machine harvested in the cool of the night and crushed to static and open 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 aerate and closed pump-over and punch-down techniques. Once primary fermentation and MLF were complete in-tank, they were transferred to a mixture of new and 2nd and 3rd year French oak barrels for 18 months’ maturation. Batches were meticulously blended in early November with only the best 12 barrels chosen prior to being filtered in preparation for bottling in late November 2019.

Vintage report

Harvest for this premium Chardonnay commenced on 1st January and continued through early February, followed closely by the remaining white varietals. Whites were fermenting away as the first reds started coming in by the 21st of February. The weather was glorious through the end of February and March, allowing the flavours to marry with the sugar levels in the grapes. 

Malbec and Shiraz proved fruitful and vibrant, then patience was rewarded with excellent varietal expression throughout the Cabernet and Merlot. Another vintage to remember from Margaret River. All the grapes were in by the end of March.

Awards & accolades

95 POINTS | MARGARET RIVER WINE SHOW 2021

96 POINTS | WEST AUSTRALIAN WINE GUIDE 2021

95 POINTS | CABERNET HALLIDAY CHALLENGE 2020

Product Specifications

Brand name: Driftwood Wines
Region: Margaret River
Appellation: Wilyabrup
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker: Kane Grove
Current Vintage: 2018
Colour: Brilliant, deep ruby red with purple hues
Alcohol volume: 14.6%
pH: 3.5
Total acidity: 6.3 g/l
Oak: French oak (25% new)
Maturation: 18 months