Vineyard: Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on the Riley's estate located approximately central in the Eden Valley wine region. The soil profile is predominately sandy loam over clay, which allows for good drainage and water retention throughout the drier months. The region is ideal for Cabernet grapes, with cool evening temperatures developing into warm to hot days at an altitude of 440m. Minimal irrigation is required with most years stated as a 'Dry Grown' vineyard.
Season: The vintage began with well below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm and dry spring, which enhanced flowering and set to give average to above-average yield potential. Low disease pressure was maintained by one of the hottest Decembers on record, though temperatures cooled down in the New Year and rainfall around veraison in late January brought relief to dry-grown, old-vine Eden Valley vineyards. Rainfall came in early March which and allowed the vines to refresh without damaging wine grapes.
Wine making: The grapes were machine harvested in the cool of the evening. The juice was gently pressed in a traditional basket press before skin contact and naturally increased ferment temperatures assisted wine making to maintain colour. Within weeks, the processed wine was transferred to seasoned French oak barriques to mature for a further 18 months.
Appearance: Deep purple
Aroma/Bouquet: Concentrated blackberry fruits with underlying chocolate notes and violets.
Palate: Intense Cabernet colour and concentrated dark berry fruits are enticing, with a gentle perfume of violets and French oak. Liquorice and soft tar notes are obvious, which gentle lingers to a savory dry finish.
Food Pairing: Rib eye fillet with blue cheese butter, Lamb moussaka or braised Venison marinated in rosemary and red wine.
Residual Sugar: NA
Cellar potential: 10+ years
Wine consultant: Joanne Irvine
Barossa - Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Refosco Blend
Vineyard: Situated in the northern end of Eden Valley is the family owned and operated vineyard of Garden & Field. The site is spectacular which takes in a landscape of rolling hills with vineyards dotted in the distance. Planted on own roots and established as a non- irrigated site, with a southerly aspect. Elevation of 390m consisting of ancient volcanic soil, red brown earth, ironstone, quartz and schist rock lay over clay & limestone.
Season: A dry start to the vintage growing season with expected cooler evenings and seasonal late frosts. Due to the site elevation and vineyard establishment, little frost settled on the grape vines. A warm start to the summer season ensured a strong and healthy canopy structure. Along with warm weather, rain arrived and was higher than expected throughout January and February. The wine grapes were not affected due to no irrigation on site which grapes to ripen with full colour and flavour intensity.
Wine making: Cabernet Sauvignon and Refosco grapes were handpicked before a gentle basket press on site. Skin contact and hand plunging of the fermenting wine grapes continued for for 4-6 weeks, until dry. Traditional handcrafted and tended, reminiscent of yesteryear before maturing in seasoned French oak for 22 months. When bottled the wine was cellared to rest for a further six months prior to release.
Appearance: Deep crimson brick red with purple hue
Aroma/Bouquet: Aromas of violets, blue & black berries and exotic spices. Leather and cedar nuances intertwine with ripe berries and an earthy nose.
Palate: French oak dances around black and mulberry fruits with hints of leather and cedar notes.The wine offers layers of complexity, with concentrated fruit integrating through fine tannin structure. The palate is medium weight with an elegant finish.
Food Pairing: Osso Bucco, hearty Italian cuisine or any rich intense flavoured food. This wine long for a food partner.
Residual Sugar: NA
Production: 35 dozen (750ml)
Cellar potential: now - 2040+
Wine maker: Peter Raymond
Vineyard: 100% Estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon handpicked from Eden Springs/Gatt Vineyard. Beautiful cool climate country at High Eden, the pinnacle of Barossa. Altitude 460-515m
Season: The Barossa experienced its best rainfall in five years during the Winter and Spring. A warm, mild season of cool nights for even and consistent ripening followed. Ideal fruit to canopy balance yielded grapes with intense character and varietal expression.
Winemaking: Minimal intervention, destemmed and fermented on skins for 7 days with pump overs twice daily. Handcrafted in small parcels to exacting quality standards in our state of the art wine making facility. Malolactic fermentation and maturation in barrel. Blended and lightly filtered before bottling.
Maturation: 10 months in 100% new French oak 300L barrels.
Appearance: Deep purple with dense, dark chocolate core.
Aroma/Bouquet: Beautifully fragrant violet, blackcurrant, bouquet garni and sage.
Palate: A stunning wine of ethereal elegance and deep seated power. Bright blueberry and cherry flavours layered with notes of cedar and Asiatic spice. Pure varietal character underpinned by fine, velvet tannins with intense concentration and incredible length from perfectly ripe High Eden Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cellar: Long term cellaring potential, peak drinking now, up to 2030.
Food pairing: Richly flavoured dishes, red meats and game. Lamb, beef, venison, goat, pheasant. Red wine, earthy and reduction sauces. Mushroom, truffles, green beans, asparagus.
Awards: Blue-Gold 2014 Sydney International Wine Competition
Production: 652 dozen (750ml)
Alcohol: 13 %
Acidity: 6.7 g/L
Winemaker: David Norman
Barossa - Eden Valley Wine Pack
A unique creation of Bordeaux varietals handcrafted from the Forbes vineyards within Barossa's Eden Valley wine region; Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc.
Hidden gems, grown within a region renowned for producing wines of fruit intensity, aromatics and deep alluring colour. Each wine was hand-picked and gentle pressed before barrel ageing in seasoned French Oak hogsheads.
Decanting will increase the enjoyment of each wine. We recommend matching with tomato based cuisine or rich slow cooked Beef Cheeks and Mushroom Risotto.
Six Bottle Pack Includes;
3 x Forbes & Forbes Fraternal Blend - 2011
3 x Forbes & Forbes Alexander Murray - 2014