Coonawarra and Margaret River Cabernet: panel tasting results (2013)

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An impressive tasting to say the least, with our judges seduced by Western elegance, particularly in the younger wines, as well as by savoury, mature Cabernets from South Australia. See the top 49 wines including 7 Outstanding Australian Cabernets here...
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Night Harvest, John George, Margaret River 2010

Night Harvest, John George, Margaret River 2010
Decanter average score: 18.75pts/20 (95+/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores:
RJ 18.5 PM 18.5 AR 19
Twenty-six years is a long time in Margaret River viticulture, and Andy and Mandy Ferreira have been involved in the establishment of some 3,000 hectares of vineyards in the region over this time. Contract harvesting at night remains a large part of their business, hence the name of their brand. They have produced their own wines since 2005, employing contract winemakers Kevin McKay of Forester Estate, who has grown and made wine in Margaret River since the Ferreiras first arrived, and Bruce Dukes, one of the state’s most respected contract winemakers, and recipient of Western Australia’s Winemaker of the Year Award last year.
RJ Cassis fruit nose and soft tannins – quite confected, but as it opens up the finesse and purity really comes through to show a real gem of a wine. Lovely savoury overtones and the finish is very clean and fresh.
PM Beautifully scented, fine nose, plum, minty freshness, toasty new oak too. Round, rich palate, very classy new oak, fresh black fruit, really ripe tannins, long superb finish. A delicious, classy and harmonious style.
AR Attractively sweet cassis and mulberry fragrance. Lovely succulent palate of textured cassis fruit with an attractive purity of flavour and a fine cushion of supple tannins, a hint of chocolate and coconut oak, and savoury balancing acidity. Superb.
Price £25 The Wine Society
Drink 2012–2030
Alc 13.2%

Judges: Roger Jones, Pierre Mansour and Anthony Rose