Grape Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Growing Region: 60% McLaren Vale, 40% Coonawarra, South Australia
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Geoff Merrill

When you find a well-made, well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon from anywhere in the world, you end up with satisfied taste buds that produce a relaxed smile across your face, that others want to share. Getting Cabernet Sauvignon physiologically ripe is a challenge the world over - though Geoff and his vineyard team seem to achieve this year after year from their unique sites in the McLaren Vale and Coonawarra regions of South Australia.

 

This perfectly balanced expression is a blend of fruit sourced from their 'Graymoor' vineyard located in Coonawarra and from their 'Wickham Park' vineyard situated in McLaren Vale.
The 2008 vintage will be remembered for the incredible heat wave that affected South Australia and the challenges faced with the vines in the vineyards. Early signs in the growing season hinted towards it being one of the greatest vintages they had seen in the McLaren Vale. The team’s careful vineyard management meant that in March they were able to process ripe, healthy fruit and craft a dynamic wine able to develop and age in their cellars. After vinification the wine underwent a managed time in both American & French oak barrels for approximately 22 months before blending, bottling and then resting before release.
In the glass the wine has an excellent depth of colour, dark red and a hint of crimson on the edge. On the nose the wine has a wonderful varietal aroma, expressing a noticeable style due to the blend of McLaren Vale and Coonawarra fruit. Bringing out the best in Cabernet Sauvignon - showing mint-chocolate, dark berries, violets, tobacco and black olives with toasty vanilla notes. The palate is vibrant, alive and with the time in oak barrels showcasing a confident seam of tannins, well balanced by ripe, dark fruit flavours and natural acidity - giving the wine a defined confident finish. This wine has 14.5% alcohol - decant for 15-20 minutes and serve at 17-18°C.

A well balanced Cabernet Sauvignon.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this winter season; and will age well for another 4-5 years

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with prime red meats with a sauce or wine-jus, BBQ meats, richly flavoured pizza's and aged, hard cheeses, enjoy.