Open ferment initiated with high percentage of stalks and whole berries. Destemmed and crushed with half going into a closed fermenter with turbo pigeur to pump wine, and half into stainless steel fermenters for hand-plunging. Maturation in mix of oak barrels (40% new French, 20% new American) and seasoned barrels for 14 months. A cool year in the Strathbogies produced a taut and powerful cabernet display that marries blackberry, Aussie bush, bay leaf and briar with arresting layers of savoury spice. Tannins keep things impressive and real. It has a way to go.
Published 01 August 2020
Grown on the Plunkett family vineyard ‘Whitegate’, this is a beautifully balanced wine – it is rich and powerful, but with a freshness from the natural acid of a cool year
‘Delicious, one of the best wines of 2017!’ – Assistant Winemaker Mark Hickin
Roast lamb with rosemary potatoes