Nose: Lifted, floral, berries, violets, chocolate, spice
Palate: Rich, complex, structural yet balanced, layered tannins
Food match: Slow-cooked lamb roast with all the trimmings
Oak: Fine-grained French oak, 16 months, 50% new
Colour: Dark red
A cooler than average growing season commenced late with perfect flowering and excellent fruit set. The resulting potentially high yields were crop-thinned pre-veraison. Late summer and autumn were cooler and wetter than average, delaying the start of harvest. The milder ripening weather allowed for intense varietal character development, fine tannins and well balanced acidity .
2016: A near perfect growing season culminating in long autumnal ripening conditions provided pristine, expressive fruit for the 2016 North Block Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine displays its classic sweet dark and red berry fruit notes, coupled with bayleaf, cedar and dark chocolate in a rich, complex package which will live on for many years. Drink now – 2036
2015: A smooth and complex wine with excellent structure, balance and plush, silky tannins. A generous palate displays sweet red and dark berry fruit, hints of earth, cedar and tobacco, testament to the warm ripening period and lower than average yields.
2014: A perfect ripening period produced a pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from our North Block. Lifted aromas of dark and red berry fruits, hints of violets, dark chocolate, tobacco and cedar all of which follow through on the rich, complex palate. Excellent structure and balance, supported by fine, layered tannins and seamlessly integrated French oak.
2013: Sweet dark berry fruit with hints of cedar, spice and graphite adding a savoury element to the wine. A warm growing season and perfect ripening period afforded by the 2013 vintage produced a rich, concentrated wine which is rich, dark and complex with excellent structure and balance supported by plush, silky tannins.
2009: The first Project Cabernet Sauvignon ever made, using hand picked fruit from the “rising star” vineyard which, today, provides a core component of all our pinnacle Cabernets. Rich and complex with great structure and balance.