Domaine Naturaliste Rebus Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Western Australia Margaret River
Domaine Naturaliste Rebus Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Cocoa, red and black berries, spearmint. Medium-bodied, supple, balanced acidity, some liquorice and tobacco, fine length and high drinking appeal. Lovely balance throughout. Smooth
Domaine Naturaliste Rebus Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Domaine Naturaliste Rebus Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 is a wine crafted to stay true to its heritage as an icon of the Margaret River region. Our first release was in 2012. Since then, Rebus has made friends with people and proteins across Australia.
An intricate tapestry of glazed cherries, violets and graphite, deftly woven into a palate laden with flavours of red currants, cacao nib and plum skin. Bristling tannin on the entry and a tensile core of liquorish, black berries and slate, culminates in a persistent and ever-changing mineral finish.
“The sheer quality of the wines he makes is equalled only by his consistency” James Halliday.
When I met winemaker Bruce Dukes from Domaine Naturaliste I was bowled over by how striking every wine was that I tasted in his lineup … A rare occurrence when you’re tasting wines every day.
The success did not happen by accident. He has an intimate knowledge of all the terroirs of Margaret River after spending 25 years honing his craft with leading Margaret River producers such as Pierro wines. He is a trained agronomist and has a Masters in viticulture and Oenology from U.C. Davis … he also worked for 4 years at Neibaum Coppola in Napa, USA. Bruce seeks freshness of fruit, perfume, texture, overall balance, restraint with low to moderate alcohol in all his beautiful wines. Domaine Naturaliste is named after the northern most Cape of Margaret River, Cape Naturaliste, where the winery is situated. Minuscule production of top shelf wines across the board.
The Rebus was first released in 2012 and was awarded 98 points by James Halliday and included in his Top 100 that year. The 2016 is the latest release …
A long, cold and wet winter put the vines in good stead for the season to come. Moderate temperatures and constant summer breezes, along with manicured canopies led to pristine fruit. This gentle and consistent ripening in idyllic conditions has led to wines of unsurpassable fruit purity and textural drive.
The parcels of fruit were fermented and matured separately, and after 12 months in 40% new French oak barriques were blended before bottling based on a precise tasting profile. Beautiful red berry perfumes and fleshy tannins that will pair well with steak, quail or strong cheeses. 13.8% alc. Cellar for 10+ years.
Australia, Margaret River, Western Australia
$20 – $50