||2009, 2010, 2012
||Clare Valley 55% / Coonawarra 45%
||At release, the wine has a deep ruby red colour to the centre with a youthful purple hue to the edges.
||There are lifted aromas of dark blackcurrant fruit along with subtle choc-mint and a hint of eucalypt.
||This is a rich full-bodied wine yet at the same time, remains in balanced across the palate with fine, elegant tannins – the hallmark of great Cabernet. Intense flavours of blackcurrant and cassis delight with subtle savoury French oak characters of cedar and spice. The finish is long and persistent.
||Growing conditions leading up to vintage 2013 could best be described as benign, apart from a few frost events in mid-October. There were very few significant rainfall events over the growing period with the season being described overall as dry. The first week of December saw rainfall which was most definitely a season changer. Without the rain event, the overall yields from 2013 would have been very low. Harvest conditions were excellent, allowing for a long ripening period and our winemakers report that quality is outstanding across all varieties, with excellent flavour development and tannin ripeness displayed in the resultant wines.
||The wine was matured in French oak barrels (50% 1 year old, 50% a combination of 2 and 3 year old) for a period of 10 to 12 months before being bottled.
||Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.