2015 Heathvale Vineyard The Encounter Eden Valley Cabernet

Vineyard: Twenty year old Cabernet Sauvignon vines (clones LC10 & LC12) are planted on red clay. The trellis is VSP (vertical shoot positioning) with the grape vines hand pruned via rod and spur method.

Season: Spring began dry and led into a mild, dry summer with minimal disease pressure. Summer was dry, hot and windy with relief of 60-75ml of rain in the later months. The rain was perfectly timed for the old dry-grown vineyards with a mild ripening season that followed from February through to April.

Winemaking: Handpicked and pressed in temperature controlled open fermenters. Basket pressed fruit with skin contact to oak barriques. The wine is matured with 30% new French oak before seasoned French oak barrels.

Appearance: Deep garnet.

Aroma/Bouquet: Vibrant fruit aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, cherry, black plums and cassis with hint of spice, black liquorice, tobacco leaf, Provencal herbs, dark chocolate, subtle French oak, vanillin and perfumed Eden Valley earthy fruit.

Palate:  Blackberry, plum, blackcurrant, cassis with notes of spice, tobacco and light herbal notes. Licorice and gentle French oak add to the wines complexity. Full bodied and concentrated structure with fine tannins to support a finish that lingers persistently.

Food Pairing: Red meats and hearty stews, lamb shanks, beef ragout with tagliatelle pasta.

Alcohol: 14.5%

pH: NA

Acidity: NA

Residual Sugar: NA

Production: 150 cases

Cellar potential: 20+ years

Winemaker: Chris Taylor/Trevor March

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