Cabernet sauvignons best in the west


WA’s best reviewed cabernets of 2014.
WA’s best reviewed cabernets of 2014.
WA’s best reviewed cabernets of 2014. WA’s best reviewed cabernets of 2014.

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 Wine Companion 2017 Edition, 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 – The West Australian’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.