Deep ruby with garnet hues. Lovely complex aromas of cassis, red currant and mulberry interwoven with anise, oregano, thyme, violets and tobacco leaf. The palate delivers layers of vibrant and pure black currant and plum, balanced by hints of cedar and vanilla pod. Lively acidity and fine-grained tannins provide a long, defined, mouth-coating finish.
Some of the vines were planted by Cyril Henschke in the ‘60s. Matured in French hogsheads (35% new) for 18 months. Deep but brightly coloured, this is a no holds barred, full-bodied Eden Valley cabernet sauvignon that will live for decades, blessed by a screwcap. Blackcurrant fruit, touches of cedary oak, black olive, bay leaf and earthy tannins are all on parade.
The 2016 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 the dry-grown, old-vine Eden Valley vineyards. This was followed by further rainfall in early March which eased the stress on all varieties. The fruit matured with an earlier harvest, as predicted due to an early Easter. Open, light and airy vine canopies allowed for good flavour, sugar and colour and mature tannins to develop at harvest, which was overall characterised by average yields but very high quality.
"Some of the vines were planted by Cyril Henschke in the ‘60s. Matured in French hogsheads (35% new) for 18 months. Deep but brightly coloured, this is a no holds barred, full-bodied Eden Valley cabernet sauvignon that will live for decades, blessed by a screwcap. Blackcurrant fruit, touches of cedary oak, black olive, bay leaf and earthy tannins are all on parade."
"Deep crimson. Fragrant pure blackcurrant, mulberry aromas with roasted almond, herb garden sage star anise notes. Sinuous and gorgeously balanced with superb pure blackcurrant fruits, fine-grained perfectly ripe tannins and underlying roasted almond, roasted walnut oak notes. Finishes al dente firm with superb mineral length. Elegantly styled, perfectly balanced and beautifully pure fruited with animated textures and linear freshness. A reference Australian Cabernet Sauvignon with superb regional voice and modulated power. An extraordinary and potentially long-lasting wine. 100% 30+ year old cabernet sauvignon."
Unlike the 2015 vintage, which enjoyed a slight violet lift from a drop of Cabernet Franc, this 2016 is all Cabernet Sauvignon. It seems austere, almost guarded on the nose but it all changes on the palate, showing playful energetic whirls of blackberry, blueberry and mulberry, with a redcurrant bite. A savoury mouthfeel allows cedar, baking spices and a prickle of black pepper to hang at the finish, along with lick of dusty red earth. The fine tannic grip suggests a decade of cellaring is required to see this wine at its best.