This wine is inspired by the early release Langhe Nebbiolo and Nebbiolo d’Alba styles of wine produced in the Barolo and Barbaresco zone of Italy. I have been living and working between Margaret River and this most famous of Italian fine wine regions since 2009. For this wine I wanted to make a great introduction to this grape variety which is totally foreign to most Australian consumers. As with all of my wines I sought to promote a purity of varietal expression and not take any aspect of the wine ‘too far’.
This wine is inspired by the white wine blends of the Rhone Valley in France. Originating in Switzerland, the Rhone river flows west towards Lyon before turning south down the Rhone Valley to the Mediterranean coast. The strong, cool wind known as the Mistral blows down the Rhone Valley from the Alps and has a profound impact upon all of the agriculture in the valley, viticulture being no exception. This is the inspiration for the name of the wine.
The Cabernet portion of this wine came from 4 select vineyards. Three of the sites lie in the real ‘Dress Circle’ of Margaret River viticulture in the heart of the Wilyabrup sub-region. This area of Margaret River has shown year after year that it can deliver incredible fruit quality and the finest of our fine wines are produced from fruit grown here. The other Cabernet vineyard is located in the Walcliffe sub-region of Margaret River, with a northerly exposure and around 4km from the Indian Ocean on the banks of the Margaret River itself. Sitting high on this hillside, the vines grow in gravelly, well drained soil and experience fantastic exposure to the warm summer sunshine and regular, cooling sea breezes.
This wine is very pale in colour, with the slightest hint of a salmon/pink hue. The nose is very savoury with light spice hints and feint traces of red berries. The wine is light weight on the palate, with only 11.8% alcohol, and has a crisp, mineral acid line which literally gets your saliva glands pumping and asking for food and some more to drink!