Halley & Lex Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Tasting Notes

Winery: Clairault
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
SKU: HALCAB2017 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Halley & Lex cabernet 2017



91 pts Wine Enthusiast July 2022

Savory and briny in style, this bursts from the glass with aromas of eucalyptus, thyme, black pepper and dark chocolate amidst tangy red currant and plum fruit. Powerful, charcoal-textured tannins smudge the palate, but the fruit and spice are still at the fore. An affordable intro to the uniqueness of Margaret River Cab.

Winemaker Notes

The 2016 to 2017 vintage enjoyed accumulated warmth up until the early new year. January 2017 temperatures were similar to historical data for the area, in contrast, February and March were a fraction cooler. Those who risked all by waiting for the Indian Summer, were rewarded with tannin ripeness and the retention of the most beautiful fruit perfumes at relatively low sugar levels. The 2017 vintage highlighted the importance of best practice vineyard management, focusing on the basics of open and well solarised canopies, with balanced crop loads, so that the fruit could ripen at a reasonable pace.

Aromas of red currant, dark chocolate and subtle vanilla pod. Dense entry of black and red fruits leading to a fine and vibrant palate of currants, rose water and subtle spicy oak tones. The finish is rich and broad with yet more flavors of chocolate, mocha and blue fruits.

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