"Cabernet is King and long will it reign in our eyes. This is our favourite Nocturne Cabernets yet with epic drinkability yet huge complexity and verve. If Ernest Hemingway were still alive, he’d be pouring this in by the bucketful. A cassis-laden dream if you will." - Julian & Alana Langworthy
"Are his winemaking skills and palate on par with the greats of the 20th century? It’s a question without an answer. But if he is to be compared with the best of today, the answer is an emphatic yes." James Halliday
West Australian Julian Langworthy has been on a roll in recent years. Held in the highest regard by his peers, taking out Jimmy Watson awards (2016), Halliday Winemaker of the Year (2019) awards and red and white wine of the year awards (various) on the regular. He's incredibly busy in his day job as Chief Winemaker of the ever expanding Fogarty Wine Group, though has carved out some time for the exciting Nocturne wines he crafts from Margaret River on the side.
Nocturne is a tiny winemaking project Julian shares with his wife Alana, also a qualified winemaker and cheesemaker, who owns and runs the Yallingup Cheese Co. They're a formidable duo. 2020 marks the 6th release of Nocturne wines and they have taken the Aussie wine trade by storm, routinely selling through in months from release. Nocturne work with a few undervalued vineyards they know well in the northern half of Margaret River. The focus is Rose, an excellent Chardonnay and a delicious Cabernet. This week we are only offering the Cabernet. (If you want to source the Chardonnay, it is the same price, one of the best of the region at $33, and we'll source for the next week)
We don't drink a ton of Cabernet at Press, sticking to a few leading producers we know do it best. Nocturne is one of these and when it is crafted like this it is hard not to get excited. Langworthy has a classic but modern approach. The wines are bold, juicy, delicious though soft, savoury and balanced at the same time. Langworthy's skill and experience was shown in the 2020 vintage, where a lot of producers were rushing to harvest, he held his nerve and didn't pick until late March and early April, delivering fruit with great flavour and intensity.
It's a classic but bold expression of Margaret River Cab, with a touch of Merlot and Malbec for company. Blackberry, blueberry, hallmark cedar, chocolate, baking spice and olives are on show. It has a savoury complexity but a juicy, slurpable and highly drinkable approachability. The flavours are long and the texture is svelte, medium to full bodied with a grainy tannic structure. This will drink solidly over 5 years, though get in to a few of them young. You won't find more satisfying Cabernet for the price and a perfect wine for good beef and lamb meals this spring.
We hope you love it.
Tom and Dan