Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (68%) Malbec (32%)
Region: Clare Valley
Bottle size: 750 mL
Cabernet Sauvignon has long been recognised as an excellent, consistent variety that performs well in the Clare Valley. The addition of Malbec adds to the complexity of the mid-palate contributing violet, mulberry, added texture and richness. The result is a full-bodied wine with generous chalky tannins. Twenty-four months in French oak provides complexity, depth and balance to our house style which is dominated by juicy ripe plum and fresh blackcurrant and blackberry aromas and flavours. Feel content cellaring this Cabernet Malbec for at least ten years in good conditions. We recommend decanting a few hours before enjoying. The wine has not been cold stabilised, so a harmless crust may form with time.
Cabernet components (68%) were separately fermented on skins, Malbec (32%) components co-fermented to dryness for seven days before being pressed. All pressings have been returned to the wine to enhance texture and mouth-feel. Each of the parcels of wine spent 24 months ageing in a selected proportion of new, second-use and older French oak in our barrel store prior to blending, fining and bottling in July 2019.
The 2017 growing season was extremely wet, with some flooding in the Clare Valley in late September. However, the wet winter and cool spring provided the region with plenty of sub surface moisture which in turn has resulted in excellent quality and high yields.
The quality of the red varieties, is excellent, with perfect ripening and picking conditions, along with some of the largest crops we have seen for many years. In summary, the vintage was later than we have seen over the past few years, but quality and yields appear to be some of the best in a decade.
This wine pairs well with lamb and other red meat dishes.