Domaine Naturaliste Discovery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
SPECIAL BUY 6 or more. 95 points, Halliday. Brooding red fruits, fine tannins.
BEST VALUE WINERY IN JAMES HALLIDAY’S AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION 2020
Gold, 95 points, London International Wine Show.
“The sheer quality of the wines he makes is equalled only by his consistency” James Halliday.
When I met winemaker Bruce Dukes from Domaine Naturaliste I was bowled over by how striking every wine was that I tasted in his lineup … A rare occurrence when you’re tasting wines every day.
The success did not happen by accident. He has an intimate knowledge of all the terroirs of Margaret River after spending 25 years honing his craft with leading Margaret River producers such as Pierro wines. He is a trained agronomist and has a Masters in viticulture and Oenology from U.C. Davis … he also worked for 4 years at Neibaum Coppola in Napa, USA. Bruce seeks freshness of fruit, perfume, texture, overall balance, restraint with low to moderate alcohol in all his beautiful wines. Domaine Naturaliste is named after the northern most Cape of Margaret River, Cape Naturaliste, where the winery is situated. Minuscule production of top shelf wines across the board.
“A classic and unhindered expression of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, sculpted tannins and lifted red berry perfumes. A paragon of personality, purpose and approachability for those who enjoy soft tannins, succulent red fruits and simply love wine. Aromas of cassis, red cherries and bright red fruit underpinned by a seamless palate of raspberries, plum skin, bright red fruits and silky, textured tannin on the finish.
About the 2018 .. “A long and gentle vintage weather pattern, slightly cooler than the long-term average. The fruit gained lovely perfumes and textures while maintaining a magnificent verve.
The parcels of fruit were fermented and matured separately in French oak for a year. They were blended just before bottling based on a precise tasting profile. Matured in seasoned French oak barriques for 12 months. Mainly from the Allier and Center of France forests. 13.8% alc. Cellar up to 5 years, but delicious now.” Winemaker notes.
95 points, Erin Larkin, 2022 Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion “12 months in French oak. Perfect weather and yields in ’18, the resulting wines standing on the shoulders of their predecessors. The nose here is tempting to say the least – cassis, raspberry and fields of violets and sage. The palate follows obediently, the acidity being the last thing that swoops in and cleans everything up… what a gorgeous wine. Testament to the year, the hands and the vineyards. Ridiculous price.”
92 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front “”A very good vintage for reds in Margaret River. Very good Cabernet. Perfume of bay leaf, blue fruit, sage and dark chocolate. Medium-bodied, ripe blue and red fruit, savoury olive and tobacco things, good chew to the tannin, and a satisfying finish. Top value.” – Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)in, and a satisfying finish. Top value.” – Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
RRP $28 *Our Special Price when you buy 6 or more $21.99
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Australia, Margaret River