2016 MITCHELTON CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Intense coloured with deep red hues. Varietal red to black fruits, cedar, bay leaf, and spicy oak on the nose with cassis blackcurrant and concentrated flavours of plums on the palate. The palate is classic Cabernet with a fine and persistant core of chalky tannins running throughout and the fresh natural acidity gives vibrancy and length. The fine grained French oak provides savoury spice and structural balance to accompany the ripe fruit tannins. The fruit slowly builds on the palate, rising to meet the tannins and producing a long, complex and well resolved finish.
Nagambie Lakes and Heathcote regions had one of its coldest winters in recent memory, with below average rainfall. Spring was warm and dry with the vines burst into life in September, with fantastic early season growth and development. The above average maximum temperatures in October encouraged the vines’ early development, these warmer conditions continued throughout the latter part of spring and into summer. December was particularly warm and dry, which had a significant influence on the eventual small crop that was harvested. January brought some isolated storms, helping to maintain vine health through both rain and cooler overnight temperatures at times. It was our earliest harvest on record.
Harvest timing of Cabernet Sauvignon is critical so as to assure balance of flavour and optimum tannin ripeness. Handled individually in small parcels, the fruit was carefully monitored throughout fermentation to ensure the preservation of fruit characters and ensure only the finest tannins are extracted. Upon completion of primary fermentation, each batch is transferred to French oak for maturation over the ensuing 18 months. Careful grading of all barrels ensures that the final blend delivers the most balanced and expressive example of the variety.
Pair this wine with a classic BBQ seared steak and smashed Dutch creamy potatoes.
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Central Victoria
Acidity: 6.31 gm/L
Residual Sugar: 0.43 gm/L
Closure: Screw Cap
Standard Drinks: 8.4