In 2013 we purchased a vineyard at the end of Mere Road, our Corner Vineyard (previously known as our Fernhill Vineyard). This vineyard is made up of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon and is now certified organic. It was previously owned by Mills Reef and was known as their Trust Vineyard. The vines were planted in 2000 and 2001.
Colour: A deep ruby red colour.
Aromatics: A varietal bouquet with dense black fruit and cigar box notes.
Palate: Blackcurrant and blackberry flavours carry through to the palate, together with spicy notes and plenty of tannin.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Corner Vineyard.
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon.
Harvest: Hand harvested on 22nd March 2018.
Vinification: Fermented in open-top stainless steel fermenters. Hand plunged two times daily. Post fermentation soak for two to three weeks followed by maturation in barrel.
Maturation: Matured in seasoned French barrles for 20 months.
Bottled: 16th January 2020.
Analysis: Alc 12% vol.
Cellaring Potential: 7-10 years.
94 points. Strongly varietal cabernet sauvignon with cedar, cassis, black berry, black olive and spicy oak flavours. A firmly-structured wine with obvious cellaring potential. Taut and elegant with a lengthy finish. 24/2/2020
The youthful 2018 vintage (4.5*) is a single-vineyard, organically certified red, matured for 18 months in French oak barrels. Deeply coloured, it is medium to full-bodied, with good concentration of blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, finely integrated oak and obvious potential; open 2023+. This wine is a Potential Classic.
94 points. Medium deep crimson, Attractive pure blackcurrant mulberry violet aromas with herb garden/ sage notes. Inky cassis mulberry fruits, fine supple al-dente tannins, roasted chestnut vanilla notes, Finishes slinky firm with dried roses leafy notes. Very expressive interesting wine.12%
93 points. An exacting bouquet of Cabernet with aromas of violets and blackberry, cigar box and baked bell-pepper, dark plums and clove. On the palate - full-bodied, firm and dry with contrasting core of fruit, medium+ acidity and flavours of box-wood, bell-pepper and blackberry. Quite complex with a lengthy finish. Tannins are firm, in abundance and youthful. Well made yet needing cellar time with a very nice varietal focus and youthful appeal. Decant for service with best drinking from 2022 through 2028+.