Bright and shiny highlighting purple hues.
Dark dense sweet concentrated aromas, with typical varietal Cabernet Sauvignon characters like cedar pencil shavings, freshly cut grass and an abundance of fresh blue fruits, also beautiful aromas of violets. Attractive savoury dried herbs notes are also evident.
The palate is thick, juicy and luscious. This wine has finesse and elegance; on the mid palate the wine expands; displaying floral blackcurrant notes and rich dark chocolate flavours There are some lovely savoury chewy tannins and all very well integrated with the French oak. The after palate is long and dry with a hint of mocha which lingers for some time. A sensational wine, and as always the Dalwhinnie Cabernets age b eautifully.
Optimum drinking within five to ten years of vintage.
The 2015 vintage was a cracking year. In fact it was probably the best vintage we have had in the last 10 years. The previous growing season gave us a good fruit set so an average yield of 1.5 tonnes per acre with little rain and plenty of sunlight, and the grapes were of a very high quality.
Grapes were picked at optimum ripeness ie. 13.0 – 14.0 Baume over two passes. The grapes were crushed, de-stemmed. Inoculated and fermented in small open fermenters. Temperature is controlled at around 26 degrees C. After an 8 day ferment there is a further 2 weeks of skin contact after the alcoholic fermentation. The wine is then pressed out in a large pneumatic press. The next stage is settling the wine in a stainless steel tank then pumping into French oak barriques for 18 months oak maturation. The wine is filtered and bottled in November the following year.
Pyrenees Region, Western Victoria, Australia
“Clear, deep crimson-purple; just as you would expect from the region, fully mature vines, the winemaker and the judicious use of French oak. The flavours are deep and deceptively powerful, tannins plentiful, but submerged in the fruit, the overall balance and length faultless.” 96 Points
“Deep red/purple colour with a smoky, charred-oak bouquet, plus some cedar and cigarbox notes reminiscent of a classy Bordeaux. The wine is very rich and concentrated, powerful and profound in the mouth, with fathomless flavour that rolls on and on and on. A very powerful and impressive cabernet. The concentration and high extract are mighty impressive.” 95 points