Champion Dry Red Blend & Varietal Trophy
2015 National Cool Climate Wine Show
Fruit was hand-picked and crushed to static, stainless steel fermenters via the sorting table. Alcohol fermentation lasted for three weeks with very gentile maceration. The time on stems allowed for softening of the tannins. Components were aged for 10 months in a combination of new and 1-2 year old French oak barrels prior to blending and bottling.
An ultra-vibrant medium bodied, cool climate-grown wine; bouquet of citrus and violets with an earthy-graphite nose. Cedary tannins woven through the cassis and plum of the long palate. Violets from the Malbec, citrus and minerality from the Cabernet Sauvignon. A vibrant wine with fine tannins and a soft texture.
2013 Review – “Outside of Wendouree, Australia’s finest cabernet malbecs have come from the Justin Vineyard in Frankland this must be close-on the best value cabernet blend on the market today, its palate ablaze with juicy red berry, plum and cassis fruit, the tannins relegated to the outfield, oak likewise.” – 96 Points & Top 100 Wines of 2014 James Halliday – 2013 Vintage Review.