Matthews Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Tasting Notes

Directly from the heart of Eden Valley, the Cabernet Sauvignon is from our cool climate, high altitude vineyard.

A concentrated wine with the expected regional characteristics of mint leaves and ripe dark forest berries on the nose. Well framed tannins and acidity balancing with the subtle toasty oak towards a lengthy finish

Winemaking

The grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, and spent seven days fermenting on their skins in open fermenters for more control of each single parcel of grapes. We undertake hand plunging at least twice daily during ferment to more gently extract colour, flavours and tannins.

The wine is then carefully basket-pressed for a more gentle extraction, and softer mouthfeel to the finished wine. It then undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrels, before being transferred to a selection of new and seasoned French and American oak to mature for 16 months.

Reviews
92 Points
Review by: Wine Enthusiast
This historic producer excels at Cabernet. It's broody and savory in notes of graphite, dried herbs and flowers amid the red currant and spicy oak notes. It's lifted by a focused line of acidity, which slices neatly through the savory tannins and grainy texture, making the fruit feel crunchy and tangy. There's something rustic yet classy about this wine. Drink now–2026.
Gold Medal
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2018

 

Tasting Notes

Directly from the heart of Eden Valley, the Cabernet Sauvignon is from our cool climate, high altitude vineyard.

A concentrated wine with the expected regional characteristics of mint leaves and ripe dark forest berries on the nose. Well framed tannins and acidity balancing with the subtle toasty oak towards a lengthy finish

Winemaking

The grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, and spent seven days fermenting on their skins in open fermenters for more control of each single parcel of grapes. We undertake hand plunging at least twice daily during ferment to more gently extract colour, flavours and tannins.

The wine is then carefully basket-pressed for a more gentle extraction, and softer mouthfeel to the finished wine. It then undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrels, before being transferred to a selection of new and seasoned French and American oak to mature for 16 months.

Reviews
92 Points Review by: Wine Enthusiast
This historic producer excels at Cabernet. It's broody and savory in notes of graphite, dried herbs and flowers amid the red currant and spicy oak notes. It's lifted by a focused line of acidity, which slices neatly through the savory tannins and grainy texture, making the fruit feel crunchy and tangy. There's something rustic yet classy about this wine. Drink now–2026.

Gold Medal
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2018

 

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