This sub-region of the Yarra Valley is recognised as a premium Cabernet Sauvignon area and with our five acres of vines now approaching 25 years of age, they are producing Cabernet Sauvignon with great depth, concentration, structure and just enough herbaceousness to let you know it’s cool climate Cabernet. Grown in ancient grey clay and with VSP trellising to encourage light into the fruiting zone.
In 2019, the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested in two picking days, two weeks apart, giving a spectrum of flavors. The fruit was destemmed, lightly crushed and gravity fed to the fermenters, with a little stalk added for seasoning. Wild yeasts kicked off the ferment and the winemakers combined pump-overs and plunging to mix the must. A long and gentle maceration post-ferment built the wine’s structure. Maturation and wild malolactic fermentation occurred in 300L French oak barrels.
Deep ruby color with a purple tinge showing its youthfulness. The nose smells of classic Yarra Valley Cabernet, with violets, cigar box, vanilla, and red bell peppers lifting from the glass. The palate shows elegance and poise as the dark cherry and black current transition to charred meat, graphite, and tea. The fresh acidity and silky tannins will provide the structure to hold this wine together for 10+ years, but it is so very drinkable right now.