Passel Estate 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (12 Bottles)

by Passel Estate, Margaret River WA

$540.00 GST Included


Garnet coloured with bright red flecks. An aromatic bouquet of black fruits, liquorice, glazed cherries and violets. A dense entry on the palate of black fruits, graphite and mulberries, brought into line by fine tendrils of bristling blue fruit tannin and soft natural acidity. Flavours of red fruits, cacao nib and cherry blossom dot an elegant and persistent finish of velvet and granite. Drink now for freshness or be rewarded with cellaring.

SILVER MEDAL – Decanter World Wine Awards 2019
93 Points – Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2020
93 Points – Huon Hooke, The Real Review, August 2018
92 Points – Jeremy Oliver, 2019 Good Wine Guide
90 Points – Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate, January 2019
92 Points – Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, July 2018

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The fruit is harvested, and berries crushed (just split) and sent to fermenter. After a cool 14-day ferment on skins with multiple, yet gentle daily pump overs, the wine was gently separated from the skins and transferred straight to French Oak barriques, 35% of which were new. The wine was matured for 10 months in oak, before being lightly fined, filtered and bottled.

Our old-vine Houghton clone Cabernet Sauvignon is planted north-south, thus benefitting from even sunlight and warmth on either side of the canopy throughout the growing season. The vines are minimally irrigated, with special attention paid to achieving full solarization and fruit exposure on each vine through rigorous canopy management and leaf removal. Each vine is then fine-tuned via the removal of excess andgreen bunches, resulting in perfectly uniform development of opulent tannin with intense fruit flavor and aromatics throughout the block.

2016 Vintage
Margaret River experienced moderate to high rainfall throughout Winter, followed by a moderate Spring and even Summer temperatures with minimal rainfall, leading to healthy flowering and fruit set and a perfect ripening season. Another challenging year in terms of bird pressure, owing to a lack of marri blossom in surrounding bushland; which was kept under control with well-timed bird netting.

Quality was high overall, with whites and reds displaying super-fine structure, impressive elegance and minerality. Crop yields were low, but the fruit performed beautifully, making this a vintage to be valued.

Passel Estate, Margaret River WA

Owners Wendy and Barry Stimpson originate from England and South Africa respectively. Over numerous visits to Margaret River they fell in love with the region’s pristine natural environment and its world class wines. Passel Estate’s vineyard on Ellen Brook Road enjoys a central location within the Margaret River wine region, just off the famous Caves Road tourist route.

The vineyard was first planted in 1994, comprising 1.5ha each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Additional plantings of Shiraz (1.1ha) and Chardonnay (2.6ha) were later established. The vineyard is gently sloping, with vines planted on original root stocks in ironstone based gravel loams. Rows are oriented north-south and a VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) trellis system is used throughout.

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