The fruit was handpicked then destemmed and crushed directly to a series of 0.5 to 2.0-tonne capacity open fermenters. The grapes were fermented on skins utilizing judicious hand plunging at regular intervals in order to aid in the gentle extraction of colour, flavour and tactile palate components. Some post ferment maceration builds complexity into the wine.
Intense varietal nose in the bounds of youthful exuberance. Shows signature blackcurrant and sarsaparilla notes well supported by integrated leafy characters, synonymous with the variety. A medium-bodied “classic” claret style featuring a succulent, bright fruit layered palate integrated with earthy complexity and very fine dusty tannins. Juicy acidity underscores fruit purity and a deep, long finish, finesse rarely found at this price point.
Varietals: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Yarra Valley (Gruyere)
Vines: Fruit was sourced predominantly from the 2.3 acre plot devoted exclusively to the SA125 clone of Cabernet sauvignon and planted in 2000. The balance of the blend was derived from small volumes of Cabernet sauvignon and a small amount of Cabernet franc produced from the old vine Warramate 1970 plantings.
Cellaring: Given the youthful exuberance it currently displays, it is ready for immediate enjoyment. Expect a mellow and graceful evolution for 8+ years under suitable cellaring conditions.