Approx. 14 months after vintage, Geoff and Scott undergo a blind tasting to select the finest barrels from our Coonawarra and McLaren Vale vineyards that make the grade for our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. These barrels are blended together in tank then returned to a variety of new and seasoned American and French oak hogsheads for additional maturation prior to bottling.
The aroma doesn’t wait, it comes out to greet you with a wonderful array of mint, menthol, herbs and spice, earth, black currant, cooked beetroot and violet perfume.
The palate has great fruit intensity wrapped up in firm, ripe, youthful tannins and strengthened by decisive acidity so well balanced it almost disappears. A great Cabernet vintage that will continue to grow in depth and complexity for many years.
This wine pairs well with slow cooked meats. Lamb shanks, aged grass fed beef. The acidity and tannin will work with very rich meat dishes.
VINTAGE INFORMATION: The 2010 season got off to a shaky start with a brief burst of heat in November 2009, which adversely affected flowering in some varieties. Good preceding winter and spring rains set up the vines with good soil moisture and ample canopy so most varieties came through summer unaffected. For the remainder of the growing season the climate was ideal for premium grape production with many local growers proclaiming 2010 a stand-out vintage in McLaren Vale.
|Maturation||32 months in American and French oak hogsheads|
|Region||Coonawarra 70% / McLaren Vale 30%|