Margaret River has always been famous for Cabernet Sauvignon, achieving consistently good quality and flavour concentration, given the temperate ripening conditions experienced in the South West corner of Western Australia. The Heytesbury Cabernet combines parcels of fruit from various growers from the Margaret River sub-regions, providing differences in terms of tannin structure, fruit profile and overall quality. By blending these sub-regions, we create a true Margaret River 'Regional' style and provide consistency from year to year. A small portion of Cabernet Sauvignon from Franklin River (WA) and Mount Barker (WA) adds further complexity to the wine, providing an earthy, mineral streak to the final blend.
2004 vintage in Margaret River was near perfect for reds in terms of quality and yield. A cool spring/summer promoted slow growth and highly concentrated fruit flavours. A long warm Autumn ensured ideal sugar/acid/alcohol ratios. Irrigation management in the vineyard was minimal. The Shiraz grapes benefited from the heat wave late March, accelerating its flavour development and sugar accumulation while the Cabernet enjoyed the long, slow ripening conditions throughout a mild April achieving optimal ripeness.