Flowstone Queen of the Earth Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River
Flowstone’s Queen of the Earth Cabernet Sauvignon is a relative latecomer to the long list of premium Cabernets coming out of Magaret River but has jumped the queue somewhat. The 2015 vintage made the Cabernet Sauvignon Varietal Winners list the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion.
Vinified in open-top fermenters, the wine sees more than a fortnight on skins. After this, it spends three years on oak (barrels) before another year or so in bottle, just to let things settle down. The wine is a heady mix of black and blue berries with dark spices, savoury dried herbs and fine tannins.
Open-fermented, plunged three times daily, before 17 days on skins, 3 years in barrel plus another 15 months of settling prior to dispatch, the result is a lustrous cabernet. Crushed herb melds effortlessly with cassis, violet, gummy bear pastille, black olive and a swab of bay leaf tannins. There is so much glycerol, that it is already a nice drink. Perfumed and inviting. However, my suggestion is to test your patience, cellaring it for 8 years onwards.
97 points, Wine Companion (December 2018)
Wine Companion 2020 -- Top-Rated Cabernet Sauvignon
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.