Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay2013
5 STARS (97 points)
5 stars (97 points)
95 points (AVS)
This distinguished Cabernet Sauvignon was made from ultra-premium grapes grown on eighteen year old vines in our Mere Road Vineyard, located in the celebrated stony Gimblett Gravels district of Hawke’s Bay. The grapes were handpicked at ideal physiological ripeness and balance on 27th April at 23.4° Brix.
The fruit was destemmed, retaining whole berries which were cold-soaked for two days then inoculated with selected yeast. The cap was plunged twice daily throughout ferment, until dry. The wine was macerated on its skins for a further 15 days, then pressed to barrel and aged for 16 months in quality 80% French 20% American oak (of which 43% was new wood) with one gentle aerated racking. The wine was egg white fined, followed by a pad filtration prior to bottling under screwcap on 12th November 2013.This opulent Cabernet Sauvignon, with its dark brooding presence, exudes distinctive blackcurrant and dark cherry characters, laced with aniseed, mint and mocha. Silky smooth tannins and ageing in quality oak contribute magnificent structure and length. A highly distinguished Cabernet Sauvignon, it is ready for immediate enjoyment, or to greatly reward cellaring.