Coonawarra and Margaret River Cabernets
Lenton Brae, Wilyabrup, Margaret River 2009
Decanter average score: 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: RJ 18.5 PM 18.5 AR 18.5
Bruce Tomlinson’s 1982 estate is in the skilful hands of winemaker son Edward, who crafts a set of wines of ever-finer precision and purity. To this end, a sorting table was introduced in 2006, and cane pruning was initiated in the vineyard in 2007 so as to create, in his words, ‘richer, riper and less angular and austere fruit flavours’. His flagship Cabernet is a barrel selection of estate-grown fruit (tweaked with a little Merlot and a drop of Petit Verdot) from original, 1982-planted estate Wilyabrup vines.
RJ Perfumed fruit nose and a lovely herbaceous palate with golden plums, just toasted, with a touch of crème brûlée. This has savoury, spice and fruit, is balanced and very fine which will age gracefully. On my list to buy.
PM Vibrant, youthful, minty nose. Rich, layered palate, vibrant, deliciously ripe fruit and balanced oak; a sleeper. Excellent balance and length. A proper Margaret River Cabernet.
AR Sweetly fragrant blackcurrant and raspberry fruit; intense, juicy, dark mulberry and loganberry palate with a fine blade of acidity supporting the fruit freshness and a lovely succulent texture. Crowd-pleasing and classic.
Price N/A UK lentonbrae.com
Judges: Roger Jones, Pierre Mansour and Anthony Rose