Price per bottle: $65.00

Region:  McLaren Vale, South Australia

Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2013

Alcohol: 14.4%

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar over the next 10 years

A classic Cabernet in every sense. The nose, allowed time to open evolves from mushroom, olive and salami in to more typical purple fruits, blackcurrant and violets, backed by ripples of freshly torn mint, sage and oregano. A rich, but chiselled palate follows, framed by layers of long, chalky tannins. This sleek, seamless wine has an unmistakeable air of class. Enticing in youth with a promise of greater depth and elegance to reward careful, patient cellaring.

Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to five tonne headed down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and used French oak barriques to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, there is no racking until final blending and no fining or filtration.

95 Points
James Halliday

Double Gold
China Wine & Spirits Awards - Best Value

4.5 Stars
Winestate Magazine, Cabernet & Bordeaux Challenge