Margaret River Region 2022 Vintage Cabernet Tasting
On Friday 5 May, we explored the world of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, tasting unfinished Cabernet barrel samples from the 2022 vintage.
Over 50 Margaret River producers generously shared almost 100 Cabernet barrel samples for the annual tasting, providing a wealth of invaluable insight into the incredible 2022 vintage.
Tim Shand of Voyager and Lee Haselgrove, Consultant Viticulturist, led the discussion on the vintage samples, with input from our own Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock.
A dry and warm summer, with sustained warmth day and night through December, January and February, possibly influenced by another La Niña season. A warm and rapid veraison for reds in early February was ideal and saw the Cabernet’s desirable ripe flavours pronounce themselves quickly, resulting in a low yielding vintage, primarily due to spring conditions over the past two years.
Broadly in this warmer year, Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon is showing incredible fruit power. Tim shared his insights with attendees around restraint in winemaking, to really let the power of fruit shine through.