Alicanté Bouschet 2011

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Silver Medal – Australian Alternative Varieties Show 2013

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Tasting Notes

Grape variety Alicanté Bouschet 90%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%
Oak maturation 20 months – 1/3 new, 2/3 three year old French oak barriques
Alcohol 14% Alc/Vol
Release date June 2015
Dark and inky with a red purple hue
Rich, ripe and brooding with a lifted spicy fragrance. There are complex and concentrated characters of aniseed, chocolate mint, Irish Moss, boysenberry, plum and raisins, with a sprinkling of pepper and balanced toasty oak.
Palate Plump and textured with suede like tannins. The palate shows dark chocolate with scorched earth/peat like complexity with underlying aniseed, chocolate mint, Irish Moss and savoury oak. The wine has a firm and long dark chocolate finish.
Food Matches
Rustic style grilled meats, pizza, roast turkey with cranberry sauce and Venezuelan black chocolate tart have all proven excellent matches.
Peak drinking
Drinking very well upon release and we expect the strong primary fruit focus will diminish over two to three years, however an estimate of long term ageing potential would be premature given our limited experience with the wine style.


Winemaker Comments


Fruit is sourced from a small planting on the Touchwood vineyard on Wildwood Road in the northern Yallingup sub-region of Margaret River. Particular care is taken to control bunch numbers due to Alicanté’s tendency to throw naturally big crops. The 2011 vintage was again a very strong one for Margaret River with consistently mild to warm conditions delivering high quality Alicanté fruit which was hand picked on the 4th of April.


The small amount of fruit received was gently crushed and fermented in a one ton open fermentation vessel using a selected yeast strain. Hand plunging was carried out two to three times per day during a nine day skin contact period. The wine was pressed to a small stainless steel tank then to barrel where it completed its malo-lactic fermentation.

Storage / Bottling

After 20 months of ageing in the winery, the wine was blended and bottled in February 2013. Bottled in a premium burgundy bottle using a screwcap closure. This closure will ensure the wine retains its youth and fruit integrity.

Awards & Achievements

2011 Alicanté Bouschet

4 Stars – Winestate March/April 2014

“A very vibrant wine – powerful yet restrained, with lovely fruit cake aromas and an intense, savoury palate that’s loaded with oak.”

Silver Medal – Australian Small Winemakers Show 2015
Silver Medal – WA Wine Show (Mt Barker) 2015

2010 Alicanté Bouschet

91 Points –
Silver Medal – Australian Alternative Varieties Show 2013
Silver Medal – Australian Small Winemakers Show 2012

2009 Alicanté Bouschet

Silver Medal – Australian Small Winemakers Show 2010
Silver Medal – Qantas Wine Show 2010

2008 Alicanté Bouschet

4 stars, Tony Love: Taste Magazine 2010

“The story: Planted in France and spreading into Spain and Portugal, most of us will only have seen this variety in its popular Rockford version from the Barossa. Forester has crafted a whole other big red style and it’s very good.
The flavour: Dried fruits and citrus peel elements with big, ripe blue to purple fruit with a little tough structural love from 5% cabernet sauvignon. Crying out for ragu or camembert.
Rating: 4 out of 5 – A cut above
Value: Worth the try
Verdict:Great potential