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 beautifully.
Optimum drinking within five to ten years of vintage.
Every now and then mother nature challenges you like you wouldn’t believe to make
beautiful wine in the Dalwhinnie vineyard. The 2016 vintage was one of those years. The previous six month growing season gave us below average rainfall which was a concern, but worse than that the flowers on the vines did not set well at all. This was a real concern as the yields were reduced by up to 50% on both red and white grapes. As the growing season progressed into 2016 we did receive some good rain, but some damage had been done with small clusters and tiny berries, although this gave us some of the darkest, strongest and most intense wine we have ever made. These wines need some time, and given at least a couple of years they will show you their true potential. They are colossal red wines!
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