Limited Release

2016 Narrow Road Vineyard Shiraz Cabernet

Cabernet Sauvignon
Bottle size
750 mL

Deep ruby in colour with perfumed aromas of blood plums, blueberry and morello cherries supported by just a hint cedar and spice. A soft pillowy attack of dark fruit provides some real fruit presence and lushness to the mouthfeel before a clear line of travel and freshness emerges. A fine, but present tannin structure ensures just enough pinning around the edges to provide some genuine balance and control as the wine moves through the mouth.

Winemaking Notes

Hand harvested and then crushed into traditional open top fermenters, the wine undergoes pre-fermentation cold soak and is then either gently pumped over or punched down by hand according to winemaker specifications so as to obtain optimal colour and retain complex fruit flavours. Additional post fermentation maceration usually occurs before the wine is then drained and pressed to barrel. Free run and pressings are usually kept separate and a combination of new and aged oak barrels are used for a maturation of between 18-24 months. The two varieties are kept separate until blending and bottling. The wine then sees some further time in bottle prior to release.

Growing Conditions

A mild, December and January with cool nights saw ideal conditions prevail towards the end of the 2016 growing season. The result was a measured pace of ripening which ensured the balanced development of sugar and flavours in the fruit along with the retention of natural grape acid before some later season warmth allowed some real fruit presence to develop. A strong year for red wines in the region.

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