Dark fruit flavours integrate with barrel aged characters leading to a dryer mid-late palate finish. A little savoury with fine tannins and hints of chocolate and caramel.
The high elevation cool climate volcanic soil and intense sunshine of Orange produces Cabernet with intense fruit, high natural acid and good tannin structure. I find that judicious maturing in French Oak combined with a small proportion of new American Oak displays fruit intensity up front with a soft tannin finish. The intense fruit and crispness of this wine make it a particularly good companion to food.
Colour: Red to brick red.
Aroma: Alluring aromas of ripe, dark blackberry and plum fruit integrate with well developed cedary oak.
Palate: Dark fruit flavours integrate with barrel aged characters leading to a dryer mid-late palate finish. A little savoury with fine tannins and hints of chocolate and caramel.
Winemaking: Picked with ripe black currant and blackberry characters then fermented in open top barrels. When dry it was transferred to stainless steel tank for an extended period of skin contact prior to pressing. Aged primarily in French oak for 24 months.
Cellaring: Although drinking well now expect this wine to evolve favourably well beyond 2020.
Ready to enjoy now, Short to medium term cellaring