Best WA cabs and their ranks

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine - With John Jens

MOST WA wine­mak­ers be­lieve their 2014 caber­net sauvi­gnons are their great­est ever.

To pro­vide a WA caber­net con­text, the west pro­duces 4 per cent of Aus­tralia’s red Bordeaux va­ri­eties.

Aus­tralia has a seven cap­i­tal city wine show sys­tem, each with a Best of each Va­ri­ety Tro­phy.

In 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015, WA gained five of the seven Best Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon Tro­phies and last year the state gained all seven tro­phies.

In James Hal­l­i­day’s Aus­tralian Winecom­pan­ion2017edi­tion , the west gained six of the eight high­est pointed from its 4 per cent of the caber­net har­vest and not one of those six WA wines was from the fa­bled WA 2014 caber­net vin­tage.

Here is a guide to the best re­viewed and most awarded 2014 caber­nets.

Cape Men­telle caber­net sau­vi­gnon – Since 2008, one of the West’s great­est caber­net sauvi­gnons, 18.8pts, $115.

Cullen Diana Made­line caber­nets sau­vi­gnon mer­lot – Quite sim­ply, one of Aus­tralia’s great­est ever caber­net sauvi­gnons, 19.1pts, $128 (sold out).

Deep Woods Re­serve caber­net sau­vi­gnon – Five ma­jor show gold medals and four tro­phies, in­clud­ing the Jimmy Wat­son and the Best Caber­net Tro­phies at Mel­bourne and Ade­laide, $65, 18.9pts (sold out).

Deep Woods Re­serve caber­net mer­lot – One tro­phy and two gold medals in cap­i­tal city shows, and great value, 18.7pts, $32.

Forester Yelverto – Best Caber­net, Bris­bane, 2016 and avail­able 2019 or from win­ery now, $70.

Forester caber­net sau­vi­gnon – Eight gold medals, two tro­phies and last stocks in shops, $39.

Houghton Jack Mann Fran­k­land River caber­net sau­vi­gnon – Se­nior wine­maker Ross Pam­ment and I be­lieve this could be the great­est ever, 18.9pts, $138.

Larry Cheru­bino Fran­k­land River caber­net sau­vi­gnon – Larry’s best wine each year, 18.8pts, $118.

Moss Wood caber­net sau­vi­gnon – Thewes­t­aus­tralian ’s Ray Jor­dan says WA’S best ever wine, 18.9pts, $128 (sold out).

Stella Bella Lu­mi­nosa caber­net sau­vi­gnon – Best Mar­garet River caber­net at the James Hal­l­i­day Caber­net Chal­lenge 2016, and Best Caber­net and Best Red Wine at the Lang­ton’s Mar­garet River Wine Show in 2016. 18.8 pts, $85.

Vasse Felix caber­net sau­vi­gnon – The soft­est, juici­est and finest un­der this la­bel to date, 18.7pts, $50.

Wood­lands Matthew caber­net sau­vi­gnon – One of Wood­lands’, Mar­garet River’s and Aus­tralia’s great­est ever caber­nets, $150.

Wood­lands ‘ Mar­garet’ caber­net sau­vi­gnon – Also one of Aus­tralia’s few great $50 caber­nets, 18.8pts.

Xanadu Re­serve caber­net sau­vi­gnon – Tyson Stelzer’s Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon of the Year and 18.9pts from John Jens, $85.

Xanadu Pre­mium caber­net sau­vi­gnon – Three gold medals and Can­berra’s 2016 Best Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon Tro­phy. Re­lease date of late 2017, $38.

Water­shed Awak­en­ing caber­net sau­vi­gnon – Best Caber­net Perth 2016. Re­lease date of 2020, $75.

WA’S best re­viewed caber­nets of 2014.

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