Deep magenta in colour with a vibrant nose of dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon aromas. An exotic and full-bodied palate driven by flavours of fruits of the forest, blackcurrant and a hint of savoury spice bound together by succulent fine-grained tannins. A wine of great length which will reward many years in the cellar.
The grapes are destemmed, but not crushed, and spend seven days on their skins in open fermenters with twice daily hand-plunging and pumping over of the cap to more gently extract colour, flavours and tannins. This is followed by careful basket pressing and malolactic fermentation in a combination of new and seasoned French barriques prior to 18 months of maturation in our cellars.
In keeping with our non-interventionalist winemaking style, we neither fine nor filter this wine.
50 year Old Cabernet Sauvignon Vines represents less than 2% of the region plantings. Our vineyard is from the heart of the Valley Floor in Bethany – where the first village was settled in the Barossa Valley and the first vines in the Barossa Valley were planted.
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2021
Review by: Andrew Caillard MW
Review by: Jeni Port, Wine Pilot
If only we celebrated old vine Barossa cabernet as much as we do old vine Barossa shiraz. It really is a jewel.
Here, a case in point. Relatively modest in alcohol at 14% and blessed with great balance, all the key regional assets are here – front palate plushness, a solid core of fruit intensity combined with svelte tannins.cThe 2018 vintage was warm and dry. The result is a cabernet full to bursting with black cherry, plum, violet, vanilla aromas, lifted and bright.
Quite a presence in the glass. Succulent fruit meets cocoa powder, dried herbs thyme and oregano with a tapenade-black olive savouriness. Expressive, balanced tannins and cigar oak nicely absorbed, complete this delicious picture.
Review by: Angus Hughson, Wine Pilot
Review by: Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Review by: James Suckling