2018 Crowe x George
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon 75% Merlot 25%
Region: Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon were the first vines planted at Yarra Yering into the now iconic block No.1, this wine comes from the eastern most end of the south block. Merlot vines were at the time interplanted with the Cabernet Sauvignon in this block with a plan to replicate, if not improve upon, European benchmark wines of the same varieties.
Wine: Fragrant cranberry lift, fresh leather and cigar box. A heady palate of summer berries, cacao nibs and sweet and savoury spices. Beautiful fruit weight, gentle yet with great complexity and depth of flavour wrapped securely in a fresh acid line. Plentiful fine tannins form the foundation for a long future.
Winemaking: All hand harvested and berry sorted across a sorting table with only the very best berries selected for this wine. The Cabernet fruit is crushed to build structure through fermentation and then left for one month of extended maceration with the skins to bring added complexity. This technique is used to build a richer wine, more supple in texture and with great ageing ability. The Merlot was a whole berry ferment to bring fragrance and palate richness. All fermented in our unique Yarra Yering half-tonne tea chest fermenters, hand plunged for gentle extraction. Maturation in French oak barrels, 50% new for 15 months before bottling without fining or filtration.
Cellaring: Released at 5 years of age, if cellared under suitable cellaring conditions it will evolve for another 20+ years. It is worth remembering that great wine is made to be enjoyed, and we have released this wine because it is drinking beautifully.
Alcohol: 13.5% ALC