PLAN B ‘GT’ Cabernet Sangiovese, Geographe
Plan B’s winemaker is Bill Crappsley, who has racked up more than 50 vintages in a career spanning almost 50 years. He has made wines all over Australia, and some of them have won major trophies. The Cabernet Sauvignon for this wine is sourced from the Ferguson Valley in Geographe, from deep, gravelly, loam slopes with a north-westerly aspect at 220 metres. Careful canopy management allows even, physiological ripening of the fruit and skins. Harvested cool and crushed to open fermenters, left on skins for 10 days.
The Sangiovese is sourced from Carbunup in Margaret River. The fruit is gently crushed with a short pump-over to manage the tannins. The wine is barrel matured for 18 months in new and seasoned French oak, bottled unfined, and is, says Plan B: ‘A wine for the long road, a true Gran Turismo’. It typically shows blackcurrant, fresh plum, bay leaf and leather spice, with background tomato leaf tannin, a lovely medium bodied structure and crunchy acidity.
Deepish red colour with a good purple tint. The bouquet is fumey and ripe, berry-ish and spicy, with a tinge of oak. The wine is medium to full-bodied and softy, fleshy, ripe and attractive, with ample tannins. A good wine and an authentic cabernet - it's not easy to see the sangiovese in it. Excellent value for money.
91 points, The Real Review (January 2018)
A 75/25% blend, blended after fermentation, matured in used French oak for 18 months. The Italians of Tuscany initiated blending sangiovese with cabernet at a time when the sales (and reputation) of sangiovese were falling through the floor. After 5 or so years learning how to use new oak in small barrels the light dawned, and they haven't looked back. Mind you, this lively, spicy red-fruited wine would fall foul of Italian appellation laws. In Australia, we welcome it.
90 points, Wine Companion (January 2018)