Attollo 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

From the wine list:

Est. 2007 small project by local Julian Scott (assistant Winmaker Flametree) Attollo a latin term meaning “to lift up, excite”.

Fruit from 23 year old vines panted ’95., Pusey Road, Wilyabrup., organic practices, “hands-off” approach, biodynam,ic principles, hand harvested March 24, 2018 [Biodynamic fruit day] basket pressed 20% new FrOak. One of the classic vintages in Margaret River.

Beautiful perfume, rich ripe flavours, ripe tannin, long savoury finish. (unfined/unfiltered/vegan).

The Attollo Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 was made from a sustainably farmed parcel of fruit from the Wilyabrup Subregion in the Margaret River region.  The fruit was hand tended throughout the growing season following solely organic practices with no herbicide.  The wine was made utilising a “hands-off” approach, with a focus on limited additions, gravity flow operations and Biodynamique principles.  The vinification aimed to create an elegant wine with structure and depth that will provide ageability for the medium term, depending on your cellaring conditions.

The 2018 growing season was as as they come, with moderate even ripening and mostly a rainfree warm season.  Fruit was very high quality with beautiful perfume, rich ripe flavours and ripe tannin with a long savoury tail.  Some are saying this is one of the classic vintages in Margaret River- akin to 2001.

The taste:

The wine has a moderately deep red centre with a pink red hue.  The nose is filled with red and black fruits, and hints of freshly turned earth and blackcurrant in the background.  The palate is deliberately moderate with restraint and elegance.  The wine currently has a supple and flavorsome midpalate, with lovely fine dry tannins, affording a dry finish.  The aim is to make something Intensely Subtle.  At first impression – it may seem a bit light, a bit lacking, but I pose the question – is it?  Enjoy a glass, or the bottle and think about it.   The 2018 did not utilise any new French oak but some once used second use barrels- imparting a gentler oak infusion than previous Attollo Cabernet Sauvignons.

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