Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (80%) Malbec (20%)
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. Feel content cellaring our 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.
Dry-grown Cabernet and Malbec parcels were fermented to dryness for seven days before being pressed, with some of the pressings being returned to the free run wine to enhance texture and mouthfeel. Each component of the final blend spent 24 months ageing in a selected proportion of new, second use and older French oak in our barrel store followed by another 3 years of maturation in the tank prior to blending, fining and bottling in March 2023.
The 2018 vintage was warm and dry throughout the ripening period, providing the great conditions for rich varietal fruit flavours and firm textural tannins.
Twenty-four months in French oak provides toasty complexity, depth and balance to our house style which is dominated by juicy black plum, fresh blackcurrant and blackberry aromas and flavours, with a hint of herbal spice.
This wine pairs well with lamb and other red meat dishes.