Why's this wine for you?

It's fascinating to think just how quickly the wines of Margaret River's Domaine Naturaliste have climbed to their lofty heights. While winemaker Bruce Dukes has been plying his trade for almost thirty years - the last twenty in Margaret River - it was only in 2012 that the first wines were released, as Dukes has largely been a consultant winemaker to the star players.

But in that time, these Margaret River heroes have become synonymous with a careful balance between old and new, between classic flavour breadth yet also a modern sense of vitality, which is on display here.

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How's it taste?
Aromas of cassis, red cherries and bright red fruit underpinned by a seamless palate of raspberries, plum skin, bright red fruits and silky, textured tannin on the finish. Glazed cherries, liquorice, currants and violets descend into a bold palate of rich tannin and layers of red, blue and black fruit flavours.
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95 Points
Erin Larkin - Halliday's Wine Companion
12 months in French oak. Perfect weather and yields in '18, the resulting wines standing on the shoulders of their predecessors. The nose here is tempting to say the least - cassis, raspberry and fields of violets and sage. The palate follows obediently, the acidity being the last thing that swoops in and cleans everything up... what a gorgeous wine. Testament to the year, the hands and the vineyards. Ridiculous price.
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92 Points
James Suckling
There’s a very fresh red-fruit nose here with raspberries and red cherries, as well as plums on offer. The palate is ripe and richly flavored, yet remains on a fresh red-fruit stance. Smooth finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
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92 Points
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
A very good vintage for reds in Margaret River.Very good Cabernet. Perfume of bay leaf, blue fruit, sage and dark chocolate. Medium-bodied, ripe blue and red fruit, savoury olive and tobacco things, good chew to the tannin, and a satisfying finish. Top value.
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91 Points
Huon Hooke
Deep, dark red colour with a lacing of purple, and a brooding, deep, complex bouquet with a discreet high-note of peppermint. It's medium to full-bodied and slightly astringent in mouth-feel, juicy at the core. There's plenty of charm in there. A little age will soften it up a bit. It's quite grapy now, although the tannin structure is firm and stately and bodes well for its ageing. Very keen value.
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