2019 Gorge Block Cabernet Sauvignon
The Gorge Cabernet Block is one of the jewels of our estate vineyard.
Title: The Wine Front by Campbell Mattinson
Description: "Shiraz gets the plaudits but of the major McLaren Vale red varieties I’d rank them 1. Grenache 2. Cabernet Sauvignon 3. Shiraz. This is in excellent shape. It’s a powerful, grunty red wine but it’s also a wine of nuance and fragrance. Boysenberry and blackcurrant, violets and cloves, bay leaves and liquorice. The momentum, the spread, the long chains of tannin, the conviction; it’s all here."
Award Date Description: April 2022
Rating: 95 / 100
Gentle and patient winemaking is preferred to ensure that the wine expresses the unique site characters. The selectively harvested grapes were gently crushed, fermented in an open fermenter and hand plunged to facilitate subtle tannin extraction. After 13 days on skins the fermenter was basket pressed and the free run and pressing fractions were combined. The wine was then aged for 20 months in 100% tight grained French oak. The proportion of new oak was kept low to encourage the continued expression of the characters that are exclusive to the vineyard site. To preserve purity and character the wine is made with minimal additions and is allowed to clarify naturally without the use of fining or filtration.
Wine Range: Single Vineyard
State: South Australia
Region: McLaren Vale
Wine Type: Red Wine
Variety Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Food Matching: A big slab of smoked brisket