95 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
Gold Medal – Royal Adelaide
Do not be fooled by price, this is serious Cabernet territory…..
This vineyard was planted in the 19th century, and received its nickname as it was the first in the region to be trained above knee height. Over the past four decades, Cabernet Sauvignon from the High Trellis vineyard has been released under the d’Arenberg label to consistent critical acclaim, and won the coveted Jimmy Watson trophy at the 1969 Melbourne Wine Show.
Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to five tonne headed down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then basket pressed and transferred to old American oak barriques to complete fermentation.The barrel ferments are aged on lees, and there is no racking until final blending. This wine does not undertake fining or filtration prior to bottling.
“Very serious wine for the money we have here. Blackcurrant and blackberry, truffle and cut flower stems, some aniseed and cedar. Medium bodied, tightly packed, and what you might call ‘minerally’ really, with thick tannin, cool acidity, and a grippy finish of fine length, featuring small berried black fruits infused with tobacco. Pretty bloody good.” – 92 Points Gary Walsh
“Crushed and destemmed, open-fermented with heading down boards, 2-3 weeks on skins, matured for 22 months in French oak (10% new). Deeply coloured; a prime example of the affinity between McLaren Vale and cabernet, even if the flavours are slightly left field and the wine does best in cooler vintages. It is medium to full-bodied, and the cassis and black olive fruit does have dark chocolate notes, and persistent tannins. Gold medal Adelaide Wine Show ’16.” – 95 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday