Deep crimson in colour. Spicy and perfumed aromas of red and black currant, mulberry and cassis, with nuances of violet and dried herbs, forest moss and hints of cigar box and cedar. Concentrated flavours of black and blue berry fruits, ripe mulberry and black currant are complemented by rich cedar and mocha, while balanced acidity and finely structured tannins provide focus and depth, for a beautiful, lingering finish.
From a great cabernet vintage in Eden Valley, this has a wealth of fresh-herb, forest-leaf and wood aromas with an assertive and richly fruited palate that has a strong core of ripe blackeberries and blackcurrants with subtly toasty oak and ripe, plush, velvety tannins.
A traditionally wet winter, mild spring and excellent fruit set provided a great start to the 2015 vintage after four vintages with below average yields. Spring was dry and led into a very mild, dry summer with no disease, resulting in fruit with higher natural acidity, and incredible flavour and colour concentration. A dry, warm and windy start to January,
however, resulted in one of the worst bushfires in the Adelaide Hills in living memory, though well away from our Lenswood vineyards. By the end of the first week, relief came with 60-75mm of rain and a record-breaking coolest January in 11 years. With the onset of veraison at the end of January, the rain was perfectly timed for the old dry-grown vineyards, and the mild weather that followed from February through to April provided for a fairytale vintage. Most of our white varieties and some Eden Valley shiraz were in before Easter, moving on to the rest of our Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills red varieties soon after, and eventually winding down at the end of April as the rain and cooler temperatures set in. The 2015 vintage has provided stunning and elegant shiraz from Eden Valley, that show extraordinary flavour, purity of fruit and acid balance with the potential for excellent ageing.
"Elegant, fine, layered and pure. This has the crunch of acidity, laced with saline minerality and bright fruit but it is also silky in a way that never seems to descend to creamy. This displays succulence and structure at the same time and teases out cabernet flavours that were hitherto unexpected: red currant alongside salted pomegranate, raspberry and red liquorice, with the more typical cassis, bay leaf, black pepper, anise and something like balsamic strawberries… Completely fine and elegant, this is a standout wine and one that stands up alongside some of the finest in the country."
“I admired this elegant, very complete Cabernet Sauvignon (with 1% Cabernet Franc) when I tasted it with Johann Henschke in January in London. Re-tasting it over three days only served to increase my appreciation. Especially on days two and three, when its violet perfume really came into its own. Though ripe and sumptuous, its pronounced blackcurrant with blackberry and mulberry fruit is incredibly persistent and nuanced. Beautifully integrated tannins offer little resistance, whilst rolling acidity pushes out the palate, lending great penetration to the perfumed whole, with its lifted cedar, pencil shavings (a lick of smoky graphite) and violets. Mellower, savoury undertones of cocoa nibs, tobacco pouch and mulch emerge going through. Bay leaf and a touch of mint on day three. Notes which, together with this wine’s fresh, persistent acidity, lend a drier (flavour-wise), more elegant profile than perhaps my description implies. Sheer fruit intensity, perfume and tannin maturity, rather than volume or sweetness, create a sensation of sumptuousness. With striking depth and length, this is a terrific varietal Cabernet Sauvignon from a part of South Australia dominated by Shiraz.”
“Medium-intense blackish garnet with some evolution at the rim. Evolved and complex nose that is so much more South Australian than varietal. Nothing remotely showy here, and the alcohol is definitively not evident. Savoury balsam and dried herbs with nothing simply fruity about it at all. You could certainly drink this already and the skein of flavours is already intriguing enough to distract this taster from analysing the tannin and acid content. In build and comportment it reminds me much more of a Ridge Monte Bello than any Australian Cabernet I can think of immediately – though it will clearly continue to develop. Much subtler than previous vintages, and more dependent on Cabernet Sauvignon. Quite a triumph. My natural instinct would be to serve it from my young wine decanter but it doesn't give the impression of desperately needing aeration.”
“A good legacy for cabernet sauvignon in this country. A beacon in some respects. This is a wonderful release. It has this intangible energy and levity, freshness and juiciness, purity of fruit and general sense of deliciousness. It feels a bit loose knit, slightly unkempt in the best possible way, all dark berries sloshing around brined black olive, brambles, fresh blood (something gently ferrous), faint cedar and green herb. Yes thanks. The finish tightens the wine up to a gentle pucker. It has flow, vivacity and yet each sip comes with quiet authority of those very fine, lacy tannins. It’s such a great-feeling wine.’
“The bouquet is of violets, sousbois and blueberry, the palate intense and focused, refined and elegant, with extra-long persistence. It’s bright, clean and fresh and has great elegance as well as cellaring potential. Very long finish. A superb cabernet.”
"From a great cabernet vintage in Eden Valley, this has a wealth of fresh-herb, forest-leaf and wood aromas with an assertive and richly fruited palate that has a strong core of ripe blackeberries and blackcurrants with subtly toasty oak and ripe, plush, velvety tannins."