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Decanter’s ‘Wines of the Year 2021’ – ‘Exceptional’ 98 Pt Rating for Cape Landing Wine

Cape Landing is delighted to announce that our flagship Margaret River Blackwood Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 has been recognised by Decanter Magazine as one of the top four rated wines in Decanter’s ‘Wines of the Year 2021’.

An independent panel of leading wine judges, comprising Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW, Stefan Neumann MS and wine writer Matt Walls, blind tasted and scored the wines entered for Decanter’s ‘Wines of the Year 2021’ over a two-day period in December 2021. Neither wine category or price was revealed to the judges, so all wines were considered purely on a quality basis, with only grape variety and vintage disclosed.

Cape Landing’s Blackwood Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 was rated 98 Points and ‘Exceptional’, with only Henschke’s ‘Hill of Grace’ 2016 placing a single point higher in the Best Red Wine Class.

Mark Lewis, owner and Managing Director of Cape Landing said “Cape Landing is delighted to receive this remarkable accolade from Decanter Magazine and a very distinguished panel of judges. The quality and reputation of the wines reviewed at Decanter’s ‘Wines of the Year 2021’ speak for themselves, and to be mentioned alongside the famous winemakers that produced these wines is incredibly rewarding.”

“This result speaks volumes, not only about the potential of our Margaret River vineyard and the wines we are crafting, but also the fact that Australian wines continue to lead the way. In this case it was Henschke and Cape Landing producing the two highest scoring red wines at Decanter’s ‘Wine of the Year 2021’.”

“The continuing growth, importance, and influence of wines from Margaret River has been gratifying to see. Less than 2% of Australia’s total wine grape crush comes from Margaret River, but the region consistently accounts for over 20% of the premium wines produced in Australia. This was one of the primary reasons why we chose to continue the development of Cape Landing in Margaret River.”

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Our Story So Far…

Consistency is very much our story right now!

We have taken time to learn the qualities of our single vineyard and understand its wine making potential, and we continue to develop a very distinctly Australian vineyard with continuous attention to bio-diverse and sustainable vineyard management practices.

Cape Landing's wines are made entirely from fruit produced in our own single vineyard and results over the past 18 months from the Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 and 2021, and the Halliday Wine Companies 2021 and 2011, speak for themselves.

We have seen all of our current release wines achieve ratings of 90 points or higher, with an average rating of 93.25 points per wine.

We are delighted with our Gold Medal winning Cabernet Sauvignon (Vintage 2019) and Sauvignon Blanc (Vintage 2018), and strong Silver Medal results for our Blackwood Cabernet (Vintage 2019), Reserve Cabernet (Vintage 2018), Blackwood Chardonnay (Vintage 2019), Sauvignon Blanc (Vintage 2020), Reserve Chardonnay (Vintage 2019) and Reserve Syrah (Vintage 2019).

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CAPE LANDING WINS GOLD MEDAL IN 2020 DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS

We are delighted to share with you news of our success at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA 2020).

Cape Landing’s Sauvignon Blanc 2019, was awarded a Gold medal and a rating of 96 points, making it the highest rated Australian Sauvignon Blanc at DWWA 2020 and the only Sauvignon Blanc from Australia to achieve the distinction of a Gold medal.

Our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 followed close behind with a Silver Medal and a rating of 94 points, and our Reserve Chardonnay 2019 brought home a Bronze Medal from its debut competition assessment with a rating of 88 points.

We are thrilled with these results!

What an honour considering 16,518 wines from 57 countries were blind-tasted by 116 wine experts from around the world, including 37 Masters of Wine and 9 Master Sommeliers.

Recognition in the Decanter World Wine Awards is one of the most revered and prestigious accolades any winemaker, and any particular wine, can achieve.

Special thanks to our vineyard management team, led by Matt Barling, viticulturists James Harris and John Standish, winemakers Bruce Dukes and Remi Guise, and all those from the local community that contributed working alongside us.

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2020 VINTAGE REPORT

The 2020 vintage in Margaret River produced excellent ripening conditions, exceptional fruit quality, but also lower yields for most fruit varieties, resulting in one of the smallest harvests in the Margaret River wine region in some years.

Cape Landing was not immune to the general trend.

Although yields were down, and our finished wine production totals will be lower than usual, 2020 will be a special vintage to look out for. Fruit quality was outstanding and the potential for fine wines extremely encouraging.

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CAPE LANDING BOTTLES 2018 RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

On 14 March 2019, Cape Landing achieved an important milestone, bottling our first red wine, a 'Reserve' Cabernet Sauvignon, produced from fruit harvested late in the season as a part of the 2018 vintage.

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AN UPDATE FROM THE VINEYARD AND WINERY

Winemaking requires much patience, and following on from the release of our very first wine, the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, we are also looking forward to sharing with you our inaugural 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. ‘Soon Come’ as they say in the Caribbean!

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CAPE LANDING SAUVIGNON BLANC LANDS IN THE CAYMAN ISLANDS

The first vintage of Sauvignon Blanc has arrived safely in the Cayman Islands. After a long journey by boat from Fremantle, Western Australia’s port city, we’re pleased to say that Cape Landing Sauvignon Blanc is now available online and through Premier Wines/Premier Crew, Icoa Enoteca, and exclusive fine restaurants in the Cayman Islands.

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CAPE LANDING SAUVIGNON BLANC RECEIVES MEDAL AT THE LANGTON’S 2018 MARGARET RIVER WINE SHOW

Cape Landing’s 2018 Sauvignon Blanc debuted at the Langton’s 2018 Margaret River Wine Show in October 2018 winning a medal.

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