Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines were planted at our Lenswood vineyard in 1983. There are 1.7 ha of Cabernet Sauvignon and 0.44 ha 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.
The 2000 vintage was a year in which we benefited by having low crop levels. A warm and wet February was followed by a cool March with more rain in April. We harvested the Cabernet on 19th of April with crop levels close to 1.3 kg per vine. Low crops on healthy vines is a key to good ripening and I am sure we would have struggled in this difficult year if the crops were higher.
A fine and subtle wine of excellent depth of flavour.
AromaRipe blackberry fruit, with hints of leather and earth.
PalateGenerous and supple. Concentrated, finely textured and complex.
RegionLenswood, Adelaide Hills
Variety86% Cabernet 14% Merlot
Oak Maturation24 months in French oak barriques. All from forests in Troncais and the centre of France. 40% new oak and balance second and third use.
Concentration of flavour with ripe tannin and crisp acidity are the keys for ageable wines. This wine has all of these elements and I am confident that it will age well. With time it will show the trademark cedar character I believe it will be at its flavour peak 2006 to 2010.
Ideal with red meats but can be enjoyed with a wide range of foods or on its own.
Best drunk between 12 and 18°C