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2018 Evans & Tate Redbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Collective Review

This is not just Australian Cabernet Sauvignon at its finest, In fact it's the WORLD'S BEST Cabernet Sauvignon according to the world’s largest and most influential wine competition, Decanter.

2018 Evans & Tate Redbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded Best in Show out of more than 18,250 wines at the 2023 Decanter World Wine Awards. This is the first time ever Australia has topped the charts.

The 2018 Redbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon cold soaked for 5 days before the onset of wild fermentation.Following pressing, the wine was transferred into a combination of new (21%) and used French oak hogsheads (300L) where they underwent a short malolactic fermentation. After 15 months in barrel, and being topped monthly, each individual barrel was tasted and assessed to determine which barrels were included in the final blend. Followed by extended maturation in the bottle prior to release.

This epitomises just how good Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon is from one of Western Australia’s original wineries.

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This is the slightly older of our two Margaret River Best-in-Show Cabernets, made after the warm, Indian-summer vintage of 2018, considered exceptional for Cabernet. You wouldn’t know it was two years older than its 2020 regional sibling by its colour, which remains an opaque black-red. The summer warmth is very much apparent in the wine’s aromas, though: a broad, structured upland of currant, plum, black cherry and bramble fruit with just a little menthol to bring freshness and dimension. On the palate, the wine is acid-balanced and smooth, once again throwing a spotlight on to those long, complex fruits. It’s amply accessible already, though its fruit qualities will certainly hold for some years yet. Best in Show Trophy (2023) Read more
Critic Reviews
Expert Review
97 POINTS
Decanter World Wine Awards

This is the slightly older of our two Margaret River Best-in-Show Cabernets, made after the warm, Indian-summer vintage of 2018, considered exceptional for Cabernet. You wouldn’t know it was two years older than its 2020 regional sibling by its colour, which remains an opaque black-red. The summer warmth is very much apparent in the wine’s aromas, though: a broad, structured upland of currant, plum, black cherry and bramble fruit with just a little menthol to bring freshness and dimension. On the palate, the wine is acid-balanced and smooth, once again throwing a spotlight on to those long, complex fruits. It’s amply accessible already, though its fruit qualities will certainly hold for some years yet. Best in Show Trophy (2023)

Expert Review
96 POINTS
Ray Jordan

From the wonderful 2018 vintage, which continues to amaze with its red wines in particular. This is a cracking wine. Leafy black fruits on the nose with a trace of brick dust and bay leaf, black olive. The palate is smooth and seamlessly structured with fine minerally tannins. A super wine with years ahead of it.

Expert Review
96 POINTS
Erin Larkin - Halliday's Wine Companion

Matured for 15 months in French oak (22% new). Potently intense fruit here – the wine enters the mouth with fanfare and pomp; the fruit that gathers there is riddled with cassis, raspberry leaf, black tea, pepper, exotic spice and more. Classical cabernet from Margaret River, from a great vintage. Exactly what we have come to expect from the Redbrook Reserve range.

Expert Review
95 POINTS
Erin Larkin - Wine Advocate

The 2018 vintage was lush and excellent, and this 2018 Redbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is an accurate barometer of what we can expect from both the region and the season. It features abundant fruit wrapped in velvety tannins. This is age-worthy and slowly evolving and hasn't yet approached its first stage of development—it is still ascending.

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Tasting Notes

Vibrant, deep purple/black with a dense purple rim. A potently perfumed, layered wine that showcases the essence and class of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon. Cassis, black olive and dried herb with tobacco leaf, redcurrant and floral notes and an underlying nuance of cedar and lightly roasted spices from maturation in well-seasoned French oak hogsheads (300L). The palate is seamless and fine with tremendous length and intensity of flavour. It has a lovely savoury tannin grip that Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon is renowned for.

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Winemakers Note

Our Redbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was picked on 13th April 2018. The cold fruit was transferred to a small fermenter where it was cold soaked for 5 days before the onset of wild fermentation. A yeast culture was then added mid-way through fermentation. Following pressing, the wine was transferred into a combination of new (21%) and used French oak hogsheads (300L) where they underwent a short malolactic fermentation. After 15 months in barrel, and being topped monthly, each individual barrel was tasted and assessed to determine which barrels were included in the final blend. The wine was then carefully blended and bottled without fining or filtration followed by extended maturation in bottle prior to release.

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