Since 2014 we have been making a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet Sauvignon 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: The wine has vibrant blackcurrant and blackberry flavours, together with spicey notes, a hint of leather and plenty of tannin. It is a great wine to cellar.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Corner Vineyard.
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon.
Harvest: Hand harvested on 12th April 2019.
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: 22nd January 2021.
Analysis: Alc 12% vol.
Cellaring Potential: 7-10 years.
96 points. Intense, pure fruited, varietal and exacting bouquet. Aromas of black currant and black berry, roasted Doris plum pie and tobacco spices of barrel. Complex, youthful, intriguing and layered. Additional aromas of river stones and baking spices, violets and dark roses, clove and baked lees autolysis moments. On the palate - full-bodied with firm tannins and plenty of acidity. Flavours mirror the bouquet plus chocolate and cassis, roasted brazil nut and dark spices of oak. Chalky mouthfeel with a dusty edge, a core of fruit and long finish - an excellent example. Decant for service with best window for drinking between 2023 through 2033+.
96 points. Intense and ripe from a vintage that really favours cabernet sauvignon. The wine shows strong varietal definition with cassis, blackberry, cedar, mint and oak-derived chocolate-mocha characters. An elegant wine with great cellaring potential
The graceful 2019 vintage (4.5*) is a single-vineyard, organically certified wine, matured for 18 months in French oak barrels (15 per cent new). Deeply coloured, it is a fragrant, medium to full-bodied red, with strong, ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, nutty oak adding complexity, and a tightly structured finish. Still very youthful, it's well worth cellaring to 2024+.