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. 

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
90 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, The Real Review
Deepish red to brick-red colour with a touch of development. The bouquet has leathery elements and savouriness to burn, the tannins are very drying and powdery, leaving an almost palpable residue on the tongue...Cellaring may be reap rewards. January 2020 Drink 2020-2032
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. 

 

$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

 

 

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
90 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, The Real Review
Deepish red to brick-red colour with a touch of development. The bouquet has leathery elements and savouriness to burn, the tannins are very drying and powdery, leaving an almost palpable residue on the tongue...Cellaring may be reap rewards. January 2020 Drink 2020-2032

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. 

 

$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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