2014 Block 5 Cabernet Sauvignon
$ 65 / bottle
Dark red with purple hues. A bouquet of blackcurrant, graphite and cinnamon followed by tobacco and dark chocolate. Vibrant red & blue fruits on the palate with characters of nutmeg and cloves. Silky tannins and long finish.
Drink now and up to 15 years of cellaring from vintage.
DOWNLOAD TASTING NOTE
The best fruit from our oldest Cabernet Sauvignon sites was handpicked into crates before being destemmed, crushed and chilled into closed fermenters and inoculated. The ferments were pumped over with aeration twice a day; temperature was held around 25°C. Total time on skins of ~21 days. The wine was then pressed to new & used French barriques for Malo-lactic fermentation, allowing a soft integration of the grape and oak tannins. The wine was blended, fined with egg whites and bottled after 18 months maturation.
Forest Hill Vineyard, Block 5, 6 & 7, Planted 1975
GROWING AREA & SOILS
Forest Hill, Mount Barker in the Great Southern. Gravel, loams over clay.
Block 5, 6, & 7 are Dry Grown. Row orientation is North – South. Cane Pruned.
14th to 22nd April 2014
pH: 3.54, TA: 6.94 g/L, Alcohol: 14%
The growing season in Mount Barker saw favorable conditions throughout the year leading into vintage 2014. The consistent winter rainfall and solid rain events in October and November were very beneficial to recharging the soil profile. It was the driest summer since 1994 in the region however the dry grown Forest Hill blocks flourished. This ideal dry ripening period with low disease pressure, cool nights and moderate warm days provided excellent fruit quality across all varieties.
96 Points – James Halliday
Gold Medal – Halliday Cabernet Challenge
Top Great Southern Cabernet – Halliday Cabernet Challenge