The 2020 growing season was dry with winter and spring rains being well below average.
Flowering unfortunately was interrupted with frosts and very strong winds, coupled with very cold nights. December was hot and dry with 11 days over 35C and 8 days over 40C. As a result, bunch size was below average with smaller than normal berry size. A mild February with approximately 20mm of rain on 1st February slowed down phenological ripening allowing us to hang the grapes to ensure full flavour ripeness, whilst retaining natural acidity. Yields across the board were down between 50-80% depending on the vineyard. Wines produced, have saturated colours, intense aromatics and great flavour concentration and length. Overall an exceptional year!
The Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from a vineyard we mange in the renowned Greenock region of the Barossa Valley. Age of the vines range from 40+ years of age.
This parcel of Cabernet Sauvignon was hand harvested at optimal phenological ripeness and destemmed to open top fermenters with heading down boards. Twice daily pumpovers were carried out to ensure maximum extraction of colour, flavour and tannin from the grape skins. The wine was basket pressed to 40% new French and American oak Hogsheads for 20 months maturation. The wine is unfined and unfiltered.