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.
It is a pleasure to witness both varieties being extracted with vision and gumption: thrice daily plunging with no temperature control; post-ferment maceration of 19 days (cabernet 65%) and 14 (touriga), before 24 months ageing in barriques (20% new). The result is sumptuous. Mid to fully loaded, with red to dark berry fruits cascading along mocha-laced tannins of real pedigree and palate-whetting firmness.
94 points, Wine Companion (December 2018)
Positive impressions. Curranty fruit, tangy acidity, pretty much straight down the line in that there’s nothing weird or whacky here but then touriga gives it a subtle edge, a point of difference, that tanginess perhaps. Good wine.
92 points, The Wine Front (November 2020)
Deep red/purple colour. The bouquet shows some creosote-like oak overtones together with mulberry, cassis and cranberry aromas. A trace of nori. An elegant, firmly-structured red with drying tannins and classic lines. Like an old-style Bordeaux with few concessions to modern fruity style. Fine line and length. A really stylish blend that delivers exactly what we'd hope for.
95 points, The Real Review (August 2020)
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.