Walsh & Sons Roi Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Superbly crafted, aromatic WA cabernet.
Walsh and Sons is about little wines with big personalities. By using biodynamic methods in their vineyard and natural winemaking techniques they aim to make lighter styles that are fun, youthful and different to the mainstream.
“We believe that it’s our differences that set us apart and so we choose to enhance these in our wines rather than suppress them. You won’t find clean edges and tarted up tastes more like a grubby sand pit or a snotty nose.
Our philosophies are developed through transcending the tangible senses of sight, smell, taste, touch and sound. Our winemaking relies very much on the non-tangible senses of inspiration, intuition and innovation. But using these we seek out a more informed expression of who we are whilst respecting the purity of our natural ingredients.” Winemakers, Ryan and Freya.
Ryan Walsh and Freya Hohnen have been involved in winemaking at the vineyard and winery level since their childhoods (Freya is the daughter of David Hohnen, one of the founders of Cape Mentelle and Cloudy Bay) Both have travelled the globe to further their knowledge in places such as France, USA, Spain and Switzerland. But their home will always be in Margaret River, WA …. “In the grand scale of things we believe Margaret River is still youthful in its wine age. We believe in technique over technology so our wines retain their raw personalities.”
“Much is yet to be discovered in style and soils and so we make wines from grapes and label them on localities as opposed to the generalised sub regions. Most of our fruit comes from family owned entities in the location of Burnside and Osmington but we do dabble outside the boundaries with friends.
Our immediate family, consisting of our two sons Roi and Hamish, are what we enjoy the most. We’re a little worn of seeing older generations named on bottles when so much lies with our youth. Our core wines are mirrored on personalities of our younger extended family. They sometimes push the boundaries.” Winemakers, Ryan and Freya.
The Cabernet, planted in 1998, comes from sandy clay soils in east Margaret River in a locality known as Osmington. It is eastern Margaret River with cooler nights. It borders the coal seam that runs from Dunsborough to Augusta making the soils slighter in structure but higher in aromatics particularly sulphides. 20 % hand picked 2 days before a machine harvest to get the remainder. The whole bunch component (which increases complexity and tannin weight) of each was tipped to concrete vat with the machined component going straight on top, no crushing or destemming. Natural yeasts get the job done. Then matured in 30% new and old French barrels.
About this wine from the winemaker: “Cabernet is a diverse variety that can speak of a region well. It highlights ups and downs in a vintage providing a more specific persona that links the land to the craft … Roi in French means Little King. He’s our oldest boy and is a bit of a tiger in nature harrassing the younger birds inthe family but still watching over them.”
Gorgeous aromatics, beautiful depth of fruit, long ripe savoury fruit tannins and balanced by refreshing line of acidity… This magnificently crafted expression is to be shared with family & friends.
Alc 13.5%. RRP $44
Walsh & Sons
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Australia, Margaret River, Western Australia
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