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Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2017 edition review of Margaret River (Australia) (see blue link below).
Cherubino Cab Sauv 2014 - Dec 2017 Decanter review
Named ‘Winery of the Year’ by James Halliday and Matt Skinner, Larry Cherubino wants his wines to be distinctive and to speak clearly of their variety and vineyard site. He believes in paying meticulous attention to the vineyard, canopy and water management, picking at the right time and minimal intervention in the winery. From delicate whites to opulent reds, all his wines have pure class and finesse.
The warm, dry summer cooled off in April, allowing the fruit to develop at a leisurely pace. The Margaret River had an outstanding, above average rainfall during the winter and spring months. The 2014 vintage has provided excellent quality yields, with incredibly fresh and vibrant fruit.
The Margaret River wine region is located in Western Australia and in less than 50 years has grown to become one of the world's great wine producing regions. The fruit is grown in the Wilyabrup subregion, in a north facing vineyard, with lateritic, red loam soils. The area is influenced by the Indian Ocean and this maritime climate lends itself to ideal viticulture conditions, with cooling sea breezes mitigating the warm summer temperatures. The vines were planted in 1998.
The fruit was hand harvested, transported to the winery where it was cooled overnight and then carefully sorted. A gentle maceration and fermentation took place at temperatures ranging from 12 to 27°C, lasting for approximately six weeks, with minimal pump-overs. The wine was pressed to tank and then allowed to settle for seven days, prior to oak maturation.
This wine has aromas of red earth with a compote of berries and fine nuances of dried bay leaf. There is a freshness to this wine that is the perfect foil to the dusty earthy notes. The oak is gentle with delicate spice notes, soft tannins and a long complex finish.