95 Points - Sam Kim
The palate has gradually filled out from the American oak and yet after all this time, the varietal character is still a genuine expression of not only Cabernet, but this sites terroir. Cassis and anise worked over years into a high cocoa choc-mint with primary forest fruits beyond this. The palate retains the structure and acid that will see it last for years to come, yet the generous mid-palate begs it to be opened now. Truly a unique expression from a site bursting with history.
Crushed into open fermenters for a cool ferment with 13 days on skins before being pressed to aged American Hogsheads. Carefully monitored for 30 months in oak, finally adjusted with 9% Shiraz from its sibling vineyard along with enough ‘19 Cabernet from the same block to freshen before bottling. The result is a wine of raw power, tamed into something approachable.
Planted in the 60s in a pristine location. The power of the morning sun is captured by the 35 rows planted in an Eastern orientated, leisurely slope. Walking the line between elegance and power, this wine has all the force you would expect from a rich Cabernet, while keeping the cool weather expression of the Adelaide Hills.