Margaret River The Point Shiraz Cabernet 2017
What is Shiraz Cabernet?
Shiraz Cabernet is a blend of exactly that Shiraz and Cabernet. In regards to Shiraz the French and Americans call it Syrah, we call it Shiraz. A versatile variety and well suited to a range of climates, and can be found in most of the grape growing regions of Australia.
In hot climates (such as the Barossa Valley of Australia), Shiraz is more consistently full-bodied with softer tannin, jammier fruit and spice notes of liquorice, anise and earthy leather. In many regions, the acidity and tannin levels of Shiraz allows the wines produced from the grape to have favourable aging potential.
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most widely recognised red wine grape varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon became internationally recognised through its prominence in Bordeaux wines where it is often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. From France, the grape spread across the world and can be found in Australia’s Margaret River, Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, Mt Barker and Coonawarra regions.
The classic profile of Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be full-bodied wines with high tannins and noticeable acidity that contributes to the wine’s ageing potential. In cooler climates, Cabernet Sauvignon tends to produce wines with blackcurrant notes that can be accompanied by green bell pepper notes, mint and cedar which will all become more pronounced as the wine ages.
About The Producer
The producer of this Margaret River Shiraz Cabernet 2017 a small family operation located in the heart of the Margate River wine region of Western Australia. The property consist of 650 hectares stretching towards Geographe Bay and the spectacular Indian Ocean coast. The winery has developed a reputation as one of the finest – and largest – wine-growing estates in the Margaret River region. The current operations started in 1998 with a program to plant vines and olive trees to go with the sizeable herd of Murray Grey beef cattle, making it one of the most substantial diversified farming operations in the district.
There are currently about 6000 olive trees, 600 head of Murray Grey cattle and 88 hectares of vines on the property alongside kangaroos, birds and bushland and several family homes.
About the region
The region, located in the far south-west corner of Western Australia, is one of the most geographically isolated wine regions in the world. But this isolation has been no barrier to the development of Margaret River, with the region evolving from pioneer ‘outstation’ to a place dedicated to the pursuit of great wines, great food and an exceptional lifestyle. None of this would have been on offer were it not for the work of two research scientists, Professor Harry Olmo and Dr John Gladstones. Their pioneering work in identifying the potential of the region for fine wine laid the groundwork for the growth of a jewel in the Australian wine crown.
Comments From Wine Buyer Steve
Our company prides itself on dealing with small family operated wineries throughout Australia. We find that these small operators put the most love and passion into their wines and the supplier of this Margaret River Shiraz Cabernet 2017 is no exception. The wine has great fruit body and length and i would say it is medium to full bodied. The fruit intensity is rich with dark berry flavours and heaps of pepper and spice. It represents sensational value for money at $11.00 per bottle. Score 91/100 WACC Silver Medal.