Il Liris Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

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Il Liris Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

RRP: $80.00

Region: Frankland River
Variety: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Shiraz, 12% Malbec
Alcohol: 14.5%



 As with the previous vintages of Il Liris, the aim when selecting barrels for the final wine was to look for those providing the best balance of structure and fruit weight, with structure being the foremost criterion. Again Cabernet is the dominant variety, however we have used a significantly larger proportion of Shiraz this year as the low cropping season produced more intense tannin structure in the Shiraz. The purity of Cabernet fruit expression shines through with the Shiraz bringing an earthy spiciness and mid-palate richness, with its plush tannins playing a supportive role to the layered Cabernet backbone. The Malbec from this year was particularly good, providing a tannin and colour boost; helping to accentuate the vibrant varietal characters. It is a wine that provides an eclectic mix of complexity and fruit power with each mouthful where every return to the glass provides something new. This powerfully structured, well balanced wine will age well over the next 10-15 years.

Tasting notes (PDF download)

2019 Il Liris Rouge Tasting Note 

 2019 has been a real roller coaster of a vintage with freak weather events, lower than expected crops and plagues of animals. Winter rains over the Great Southern were steady and provided the vines with good soil moisture which allowed the vine to power on into a dry and mild spring. Frost hit some low lying vineyards in the Frankland River wine growing area hard destroying crops and reducing yields. The weather during the grape ripening into early vintage was more mild than average, with notably colder nights.

 The fruit underwent Pre-fermentation cold soaking for 10 days followed by a clean, warm (25-30 Degrees C) ferment. Maceration was via twice daily pump-overs (using specialized gentle tannin extraction method) also 3 x rack-returns during ferment. Yeast strains used were Clos, RC212 and FX10. Total time on skins was 26 days for Cabernet, 18 days for Shiraz and Malbec, this allowed for tannin development and balance. All red barrels in the winery were tasted and assessed to achieve the best vintage blend. Approximately 70% of the selected barrels were from new French oak, with the remainder 1 yr old.

Alcohol: 14.5%
pH: 3.62
T/A: 6.4g/L
Residual Sugar: <1g/L

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