2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet is generally our last picked variety in Heathcote and this year we hand picked about 2.5 tonnes in early April. The grapes had fully ripe blackcurrant fruit flavour, adequate natural acidity, and balanced firm tannins at picking. 25% of the grapes were included as whole-bunches with the balance crushed and destemmed into pot fermenters. Indigenous yeast fermentation proceeded to dryness before pressing after 10 days on skins, directly into new and older barrels.
Matured in barrel for 2 years during which time the wine was decanted (racked) numerous times before bottling in March 2015.
Dark rich red
Bursting with cassis/black berry fruit, licorice and slightly minty notes, cedary oak background.
Full bodied with sweet up-front fruit richness. Ripe fine tannins that linger and finish with dry savoury flavours.
Longevity is assured, probably 10 years plus, rounding and softening as primary fruit evolves into more complex savoury aged characters.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
21 months in 25% new/ 75% used French oak barriques