Rob Mann has established a reputation as one of Australia's finest Cabernet makers during his decade long reign as chief winemaker at Cape Mentelle, while also spending time at Newton Vineyard in Napa Valley. Genevieve also brings serious Cabernet experience to the table; completing vintages in South Africa, France, California and South Australia before taking the reins at Howard Park in Margaret River.
The Corymbia duo aim to deliver "a departure from the orthodox, to achieve a unique expression of Margaret River Cabernet", and they've certainly done it with their inaugural release.
It's the first release from our dry-grown, organically-farmed Calgardup vineyard. Located just 2km inland from the famous Redgate Beach in Margaret River, we have revitalised this vineyard with acute attention to detail. The fruit was harvested on two picking dates in April; individually berry sorted prior to natural, whole-berry fermentation in a single French oak vat. Maturation followed in a seasoned 600-litre French oak demi-muid and two seasoned barriques for 10 months.
We have made a wine that tastes as fresh and vibrant as the pristine coastal location of its origin. It tastes of the grape, the dirt and the sea without pretention and exudes all the characters of Margaret River Cabernet that the world admires. Dark cassis, juniper, oyster shells and coastal herbs complement a palate that is intense and energetic with squid ink and mulberries carried by the fruit's graphite-like structure. - Rob & Gen Mann
Vineyard: Calgardup vineyard in Redgate, Margaret River
Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Soils: Keenan gravelly loam
Clone: Cabernet Sauvignon 126 planted in 2002
Vine density: 1,785 vines per hectare
Picking date 6th & 15th April 2018
Total Acidity 5.23g/L
Bottling date: 21 February 2019