Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines were planted at our Lenswood vineyard in 1983. There are 1.7ha of Cabernet Sauvignon and 0.44ha of Merlot planted. In normal years our blend is around 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot.
The first release of Cabernet-Merlot from our vineyard at Lenswood was in 1988. The vines have excellent capacity to ripen their modest crops and provide flavour complexity and richness.
Following an unusually cool March we were blessed with a marvellous warm sunny April and this, combined with our low crop level, ensured the highest sugar levels we have ever achieved in our red grapes. Ripeness is crucial for richness of flavour and our experience has been that the warm sunny vintages such as 1997 produce our finest red wines.
A powerful, rich and firm red wine with abundant ripe fruit and lingering finish. Built to age
AromaRipe blackberry fruit with fragrant, floral notes. An earthy element is also present plus a hint of smoky oak.
PalateIntensely flavoured with the fruit elements and subtle oak apparent on the nose carrying through to the palate. Ripe fruit with mouthfilling richness on the middle palate and a lingering, drying tannin on the finish. Firmly textured but generous and gentle.
RegionLenswood, Adelaide Hills
Variety82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot
Oak Maturation24 months in French oak barriques. All from forests in the centre of France. One third new oak.
Retains is primary freshness for many years and slowy develops a gentle leather/cedar ageing character of lovely complexity and delicacy. Has the foundation of sufficient natural tannin to underpin the natural ageing tannin evolution. Tannins are at the core of the ageing capacity of any red wine as they soften and add depth to the flavour with time. It will build in complexity while retaining suppleness and the grainy drying texture for many years.
Ideal with red meats.
Best between 15 and 20°C