Flowstone Cabernet Sauvignon Touriga Margaret River
A blend of about three-quarters Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga (Nacional). The two varieties are vinified separately before maturation (again separately) for two years on oak (French barriques - 20% new). The blended wine is aged in bottle for another two years prior to release.
Typical Margaret River Cabernet is bolstered by the savouriness and fuller body of the Touriga. An unusual Margaret River blend but very interesting.
"70/30%, blended after 24 months maturation in French barriques (20% new), released after a further 24 months in bottle For once Stuart Pym has failed to nail a Flowstone wine dead centre - just that little too savoury for my taste. It's a carping criticism, but I won't dwell on it."
93 points, Wine Companion (February 2018)
"It feels and tastes oak-influenced though at 20% new the winemaking was hardly heavy handed. It’s glossy and cedary, almost resiny, with curranty fruit and black olive notes driving through. Almost olive tapenade territory. Violet, bay, bricks and dust; all play about the palate. It’s a flavoursome, interesting and satisfying red."
92+ points, The Wine Front (December 2018)
Located three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Serious vineyard development began only in the late 1960’s following the publication of a report by John Gladstones in 1965 stating that the area had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures within the growing season promoting even ripening. Margaret River’s climate is warm and maritime, with some cooling influence provided by southeast trade winds. The soils derive from granitic and a gneissic rock over which laterite has formed. The region can be divided in three sub-regions: the cooler south between Yallingup and Karridale with predominantly lateritic gravelly loamy sands and sandy loams; the warm and sunnier Willyabrup in the centre with predominantly gravelly loams, but some gritty sandy loams and granitic gravels; and Margaret River in the north with similar soils, but slightly cooler temperatures. This is entirely consistent with style; the wines from Willyabrup being more generous than the highly structured wines of the north and the elegant styles of the south. Margaret River is best known for high quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends and top notch Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Over the years, the region has established an astonishing reputation illustrating a consistency in quality and a strongly focused winemaking culture.