Byron and Harold The Protocol Cabernet Sauvignon 2020


Margaret River and Cabernet Sauvignon is a match made in heaven. Fermentation was with a considerable proportion of whole berries, as is usual with this team. Twice daily pumpovers and then malo in barrel before maturation for 18 months in French oak, 30% of which was new. Dark maroon, this focuses on dark berry notes with cigar box hints, plums, dry vegetation, dry herbs and capsicum notes. Ripe with brambly touches, this is perhaps marginally leaner than some, but it makes up for it with good focus and excellent length. Good intensity throughout and plenty of grip on the finish. Surely a decade’s good drinking ahead of it.