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 rich blackcurrant and blackberry flavours, together with spicey notes, a hint of leather and good tannic structure. 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 6th April 2020.
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 over 18 months (40% new).
Bottled: 26th January 2022.
Analysis: Alc 13% vol.
Cellaring Potential: 10 years plus
95 points. Dense, powerful cabernet sauvignon with cassis, blackberry, dark chocolate, black olive, cedar and spicy oak flavours. A tight, youthful wine that is a hot prospect for the cellar. Strongly varietal, with firm structure of ripe tannins. A classic cabernet 17/3/2022
95 points. A concentrated dark berry core with aromas of blackberry, clove and compote, black currant, marmite and fresh violet then scents of other brown spices, granite, toasty barrel and sweet vanilla. Youthful, powerful and new. On the palate - very taut with a firm texture driven by tannins and acidity. The core of black fruit flavours offer contrast and promise with flavours that reflect the bouquet. A delicous wine with a wonderful potential, concentration and finish. A young wine that simply needs the right spot in your cellar with best drinking from 2026 through 2040.
The refined 2020 vintage (5*) is a single-vineyard, organically certified wine, hand-picked and matured for 18 months in French oak barrels (40 per cent new). It has dark, purple-flushed colour. Rich and youthful, it is fragrant and supple, with beautifully ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, seasoned with nutty oak, and impressive depth, delicacy and finesse. Best drinking 2025+.