50 Year Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Tasting Notes

Deep magenta in colour with a vibrant nose of dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon aromas. An exotic and full-bodied palate driven by flavours of fruits of the forest, blackcurrant and a hint of savoury spice bound together by succulent fine-grained tannins. A wine of great length which will reward many years in the cellar.

Winemaking

The grapes are destemmed, but not crushed, and spend seven days on their skins in open fermenters with twice daily hand-plunging and pumping over of the cap to more gently extract colour, flavours and tannins.This is followed by careful basket pressing and malolactic fermentation in a combination of new and seasoned French barriques prior to 18 months maturation in our cellars. 

 In keeping with our non-interventionalist winemaking style we neither fine nor filter this wine. 

Vineyard

50 year Old Cabernet Sauvignon Vines represents less than 2% of the region plantings. Our vineyard is from the heart of the Valley Floor in Bethany - where the first village was settled in the Barossa Valley and the first vines in the Barossa Valley were planted. 

Reviews
95 Points
Review by: Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Magnificent, complex and engaging, this stunning rendition shows blackcurrant, dark plum, spicy oak, thyme and cocoa notes on the nose. It’s equally impressive on the palate with excellent concentration and richness, wonderfully complemented by polished tannins and velvety mouthfeel. At its best: now to 2037. 
Gold Medal
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2020
Gold Medal
Review by: Global Cabernet Masters 2020
95 Points
Review by: Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine
An incredibly powerful Cabernet that feels stoic in the glass- big colour, big and rich fruit character, big and smooth tannins all feature. It stains the palate with fruit, spice and light oak character, rolls impossibly long and stays around with that sweet-spice feel. All that said, it is impeccably balanced and even. A real, big treat. Density and grace hand-in-hand. 
96 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2021
From vines in the heart of Bethany, small open fermenters, matured in French oak for 18 months. It's the great '17 vintage that makes this wine stand out, the cool season more suited to cabernet than any other red variety in the Barossa Valley.  Drink by 2047

 

$80.00 per bottle


Other Vintages
2013 |  2016 | 
CLOSURE
Cork

WINEMAKER
Neville Rowe
COLOUR
Deep magenta
BOUQUET
A vibrant nose of dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon aromas
PALATE
An exotic and full-bodied palate driven by flavours of fruits of the forest, blackcurrant and a savoury spice bound together by succulent fine-grained tannins
GRAPE VARIETY
Cabernet Sauvignon
GROWING REGION
Barossa Valley - Bethany
% ALCOHOL
14.5
pH
3.5
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50 YOV Cabernet
Tasting Notes

Deep magenta in colour with a vibrant nose of dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon aromas. An exotic and full-bodied palate driven by flavours of fruits of the forest, blackcurrant and a hint of savoury spice bound together by succulent fine-grained tannins. A wine of great length which will reward many years in the cellar.

Winemaking

The grapes are destemmed, but not crushed, and spend seven days on their skins in open fermenters with twice daily hand-plunging and pumping over of the cap to more gently extract colour, flavours and tannins.This is followed by careful basket pressing and malolactic fermentation in a combination of new and seasoned French barriques prior to 18 months maturation in our cellars. 

 In keeping with our non-interventionalist winemaking style we neither fine nor filter this wine. 

Vinification

50 year Old Cabernet Sauvignon Vines represents less than 2% of the region plantings. Our vineyard is from the heart of the Valley Floor in Bethany - where the first village was settled in the Barossa Valley and the first vines in the Barossa Valley were planted. 

Reviews
95 Points
Review by: Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Magnificent, complex and engaging, this stunning rendition shows blackcurrant, dark plum, spicy oak, thyme and cocoa notes on the nose. It’s equally impressive on the palate with excellent concentration and richness, wonderfully complemented by polished tannins and velvety mouthfeel. At its best: now to 2037. 

Gold Medal
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2020

Gold Medal
Review by: Global Cabernet Masters 2020

95 Points
Review by: Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine
An incredibly powerful Cabernet that feels stoic in the glass- big colour, big and rich fruit character, big and smooth tannins all feature. It stains the palate with fruit, spice and light oak character, rolls impossibly long and stays around with that sweet-spice feel. All that said, it is impeccably balanced and even. A real, big treat. Density and grace hand-in-hand. 

96 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2021
From vines in the heart of Bethany, small open fermenters, matured in French oak for 18 months. It's the great '17 vintage that makes this wine stand out, the cool season more suited to cabernet than any other red variety in the Barossa Valley.  Drink by 2047

 

$80.00 per bottle


Other Vintages
2013 |  2016 | 
CLOSURE
Cork

WINEMAKER
Neville Rowe
COLOUR
Deep magenta
BOUQUET
A vibrant nose of dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon aromas
PALATE
An exotic and full-bodied palate driven by flavours of fruits of the forest, blackcurrant and a savoury spice bound together by succulent fine-grained tannins
GRAPE VARIETY
Cabernet Sauvignon
GROWING REGION
Barossa Valley - Bethany
% ALCOHOL
14.5
pH
3.5

 

 

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