Coonawarra and Margaret River Cabernets
Arlewood , Margaret River 2007
Decanter average score: 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: RJ 18.5 PM 18.5 AR 18.5
Big changes are afoot at Arlewood. In mid-2007, the estate sold its 1988 planted Wilyabrup vineyard to Vasse Felix, acquiring a new vineyard south of the Margaret River township two years later. The estate’s 2007 wines were harvested prior to these changes. The ripe Cabernet of this warm season from a single block in the estate vineyard was matured for two years in half new and half second-use French oak. Just 700 dozen bottles were produced of the final wine of this era for Arlewood.
RJ Elegant, mocha, wild berry and earthy nose. Delicate savoury fruit palate controlled by tannin calling out for a spit roast lamb to go with this. Still some tannin so this will age gracefully for many years.
PM Very deep, surprisingly youthful appearance despite its age. Ripe, intense and upfront nose, blackberry fruit. Full, layered palate, huge flavour. Wow, this is impressive: ripe, soft tannins, immense power and balance.
AR Lovely, opulent, dark berry fruit succulence framed by bright, fresh acidity and nicely rounded by subtle oak; a stylish Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon with all of its ducks in a row. Five years old, going strong, beautifully balanced, tension between fruit sweetness, savoury acidity and fine-grained texture and with plenty of life ahead of it.
Price £27 Amathus, Food & Fine Wine, Wine Treasury
Judges: Roger Jones, Pierre Mansour and Anthony Rose