2014 Streicker Ironstone Block Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
The Margaret River Wine Region has been blessed with eight great growing seasons in a row. Vintage 2014 started off with some late, heavy rainfall in September and two minor hail events in October. However from here on, there weren't any significant weather events until a heat spike the week prior to Christmas. The entire flowering period occurred in warm, mild conditions resulting in good fruit-set across all varieties. Vintage conditions were ideal for ripening all varieties with little or no disease present and no rainfall pressures.
The fruit was hand-picked, de-stemmed and the berries just split to allow for minimal breakdown of the skin and to preserve the natural fruit freshness. The grapes were pumped over three times a day for 18 days, after which the wine was separated from the skins and allowed to finish fermentation in premium French oak barriques. The wine is aged in 45% new oak barrels for 18 months, after which it was blended, clarified and bottled.
Mulberries, cassis and subtle hints of forest undergrowth greet on the nose with background notes of cedar, lacquer and oyster-shell. A seamless entry to the palate boasting fine grain tannin that is both coating and mineral. Flavours of blueberries, liquorice and glazed cherries abound on the mid-palate with a persistent and powerful dark fruit finish driving this elegant wine deep into one’s memory.
94/100 - Ray Jordan WA Wine Guide
92/100 - James Suckling
Silver - Decanter Asia Wine Awards
This is a fresh drink now style, but can be aged for up to 10 years for added complexity.