Grown on our steep easterly facing Summit vineyard slope at 360m above sea level on a delicate soil of sandy loam over clay. In the distance, this vineyard overlooks Lake Alexandrina and the Murray mouth, consequently receiving cooling evening breezes which do much to preserve our fruit acids and flavours through the critical weeks of ripening.
15% whole-bunch pressed. Gentle plunging daily. 3-4 weeks on skins. Matured in 25% new French barriques. Bottled after 12 months.
Wild fermentation, no enzymes, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, gentle extraction, warmer fermentation, minimal temperature control. No fining. Estate bottled. Small amounts of sulphites added before bottling.
2016 was a dry, hot vintage from the outset with only periodic respite. Promising rains in July and August of 2015 gave way quickly to an extremely dry spring and above-average temperatures, with essentially none of the seasonal rains we rely upon from October through much of January. On the bright side, despite conditions at flowering, we had a better-than-ever fruit set that was consistent across all varieties. And then, just as vintage was becoming visible on the horizon, the miracle came: a perfectly-timed, drenching rainstorm hit South Australia on January 21 & 22, refreshing the vines in a way irrigation just cannot match. A second significant rain event in the first few days of February ensured that the vintage was saved. The harvest was very early, beginning in the middle of February, but not nearly as early as it would have been and the fruit was thoroughly revived. The result was higher-than-average yields, good acidity, moderate concentration and balanced, approachable wines. Winegrowing is rarely for the feint of heart!
This Cabernet Sauvignon shows robust colour depth, and is driven by fresh aromas of black currant and liquorice.
The elegant aromas marry beautifully with sweet liquorice and dark chocolate flavours.
2016 Royal Queensland Wine Show
2016 Sydney Royal Wine Show
2016 Limestone Coast Wine Show
The calibre of this multi-award winning wine is immediately apparent by the lovely dense purple colour. Abundant fleshy fruit characters of mulberry and stewed plums fill the mouth whilst subtle oak tannins add length to the palate. This wine shows true characteristics of Merlot; it is soft round and elegant and will enhance any dining experience.
2015 Rutherglen Wine Show
2015 National Cool Climate Wine Show
2016 Limestone Coast Wine Show
2015 Australian Boutique Wine Makers Show
2015 Limestone Coast Wine Show
2015 Winewise Small Vignerons awards
2015 Cairns Wine Awards
2015 Royal Perth Wine Show
2016 Cairns Wine Show
A rich purple colour, with aromas of classic dark fruits, leading into a palate of black current, ripe cherries and a hint of spice.
A well rounded medium bodied wine, with nicely balanced tannins and a lingering finish.
This wine is made from select parcels of fruit from blocks four, five and six. Picked slightly earlier than average, the Cabernet Sauvignon had a Baume of 14.3, and the Merlot 14.7.
The wine has been aged for twelve months in a combination of French and Russian barriques.
This wine can be enjoyed now and will continue to develop in the bottle for many years.
2017 Limestone Coast Wine Show
2017 Cairns Wine Show Awards
2017 International Cool Climate Wine Show
2017 National Cool Climate Wine Show