“This exclusive, small batch range pay homage to the beautiful old vineyards that are the centrepiece of our home, the famous heritage listed Mount Hurtle winery. Established in the late 1800’s, Mount Hurtle has been our home since the early 1980’s.” – Geoff Merrill
Unmistakably Cabernet on the nose, this wine displays capsicum, red berries, dark chocolate, beetroot and black olive.
A tight line of fantastic acidity runs through this wine like a pencil lead. Enhancing the herbaceous Cabernet flavours and drawing them out over the length of the palate. The Merlot is doing a fine job of adding ripeness and depth to this long and intense Cabernet blend.
Enjoy with beef cheeks, lamb shanks, osso bucco, or a chunky steak pie from Home Grain Bakery.
VINTAGE INFORMATION: McLaren Vale had one of the earliest vintages on record this year, with mild weather playing an important role for the region; rainfall was lower than average and with dry conditions from early August meant supplementary irrigation was vital. With only a few sporadic hot days, the weather allowed natural acids with low pH levels to develop. Yields had fallen just below average, however this varied depending on variety. Overall 2015 was a successful vintage.
|Maturation||28 months in seasoned American & French oak hogsheads|
“This is brimming with dark fruit richness together with dried herb, vanillin oak and dark chocolate notes on the nose. The palate exhibits awesome fruit power and depth with plush texture and fine chalky tannins, offering classic structure as well as opulence. 5 stars.”
Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)
Australian Wine Showcase Magazine
“Deep, dark red colour with a good trace of purple. The aromas are nutty with some char-oak notes and background blackberry aromas, a hint of mint. The varietal character is there, and the palate is very fruit-sweet and ripely rich, the tannins ample but soft and the almost luscious fruit coming through strongly. Acidity is prominent. Very good flavour and already very approachable.”
Huon Hooke (The Real Review)