2015 No Intervention
Home Vineyard Cabernets
vines in this vineyard are dry grown, were cared for but not pruned and
have not been sprayed at all for over three years. The wines are also
bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Bright, medium plus intensity, red-purple.
Very Complex, medium plus intensity, bramble berries, black current,
violets, truffle, clove, brooding spice, hawthorn, a floral note from the
Petit Verdot and an underlying minerality.
Generous, full bodied yet high in acid with grainy muscular tannins,
medium plus intensity and great structure and acid drive. Flavour profile
includes black berries, rhubarb, hints of vanilla and spice with a long
and persistent finish.
Region: Strathbogie Ranges
Variety: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Petite Verdot
Production: 62 Cases
Harvested: 8/3/15 and 14/3/16
Fermentation: The varieties were fermented separately with 8 day
ferments between 22 and 27 degrees, punchdowns twice daily to avoid over
extraction and create a perfumed elegant wine. Concurrent Malolactic
fermentation was conducted.
Maturation: The Petite Verdot was aged for 16 months in a second use
French Radoux hogsheads (300L) to provide subtle oak characters without
overwhelming the fruit and the Cabernet Sauvignon in a 1st use Hungarian
Radoux hogshead to provide a great structure and weight to the wine.
Home Vineyard Profile
Area of Planting: 0.2 Ha
Row Orientation: North / South
Trellis System: Single Wire
Average Vine Age: 15 years
Climate: Continental climate, warm days followed by very cool
Growing Season Rainfall: 320mm-380mm
Soil: Loam over sand
Altitude: 200 Meters.
It’s as good as I’ve seen a cabernet blend this year.
Pitch perfect everything. Bruised-sour dark berry and sweet cassis fruit
characters, black olive and salted liquorice notes, sprigs of bay leaf
amongst the faintest ‘Aussie bush’ detail, a sense of
granite/slate-mineral character. Has that tension in the palate that sits
between juiciness and the skin of a balloon of tannin ready to burst but
holding tight, all in a succulent flow that forms almost dart-like then
fans as it finishes each sip. Far out. You have a moment I reckon. Just
such a beautiful wine to drink and flicking on all the fine wine switches
as you pause with it. Mea culpa for not getting here earlier.
Mike Bennie - July 19th 2019 - http://www.winefront.com.au