James Halliday 95 points and Special Value Star.
Aromas of blueberry and liquorice. Intense dark fruit flavours of blueberry and currants on the palate with liquorice and dark chocolate. Firm tannins on a long finish. Char grilled rib eye with root vegetables and seasonal greens. The 2015 Vintage had dryer than average winter conditions resulting in a less vigorous spring and subsequent reduced yields across all varieties, this was followed with mild days and cool nights which resulted in a near perfect slow ripening pattern for both red and white grape varieties with fantastic natural acid retention, concentrated colour, intense flavours and aromas while achieving perfect tannin ripeness.
Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were machine harvested then destemmed/
crushed into fermenters where it was cold soaked to extract and retain
desirable varietal flavours and aromas. When actively fermenting post
inoculation they were pumped over with aeration twice a day, temperature
was held around 25°C to prevent over extraction of tannins locked in the
skins. Maceration was not extended due to the same reason. The wine was
then transferred in barrel for malolactic fermentation allowing a soft
integration of the grape and Oak tannins. The wine was fined with egg
whites then bottled after 18 months barrel maturation.