The McLaren Vale component was machine harvested, crushed and chilled to tanker in McLaren Vale. Vinomatic fermentation in the Hunter. Not overly worked, as soft tannins are required. The
Margaret River component was machine harvested in the cool of the night, fermented in a closed top fermenter, pressed off skins and sent to the Hunter Valley post-fermentation. Oak maturation in 100% French barriques for 18 months before being blended.
The 40th release of this wine is a blend of McLaren Vale, a cooler Margaret River vintage. A mild summer and warm autumn in McLaren Vale resulted in gentle, slow ripening with a delayed
harvest, producing outstanding fruit. Wonderful cassis fruit characters and rich in flavour with classic Cabernet aromatics. The blend for this wine is two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and one-third Merlot.
Roast meats and strong cheese.
Drinking well now, a wine that will improve with further bottle age.