Varietals: Cabernet sauvignon 66% Merlot 16% Malbec 15% Petit verdot 3%
Region: Yarra Valley (Gruyere)
Vines: The first plantings at Yarra Yering into block No.1 were these Cabernet vines and the name was born. The Malbec was also part of the original 1969 plantings. Some Merlot vines are interplanted with the Cabernet with subsequent plantings made in 1990 on the newly acquired neighbouring land. Petit verdot is now only grown on the hillside of the new territories.
Cellaring: Often upon bottling this wine looks and tastes extremely juvenile, needing some bottle maturation to unfurl. While the 2016 growing season delivered wines with ample fruit flavour when young, history has shown this wine can have a long future. Under suitable cellaring conditions it will evolve for 20+ years if you wish to show restraint.
Analysis: 14 % ALC