Landsdale Vineyard, Mount Barker WA, planted 1996 east-west facing rows, ironstone gravel/loam soils, pesticide, herbicide-free vineyard practices.
Machine harvested, 10 days on fermentation on skins in open fermenters with hand plunging twice daily during ferment, reduced to daily and then weekly until the tannins were supple and integrated, cultured natural yeast, tank pressed, 16 months in seasoned French oak barriques.
Dark purple and bright in colour, with classic cool mint and lifted cassis bouquet with warm, cedar oak aromas. A brooding palate of blackcurrant, plums, chocolate and mocha flavours jostle for position, while a generous fruit ball forms in the mid-palate. Quality oak and time ensure long, soft and integrated tannin structure, wrapped in firm acidity – giving this Cabernet enhanced texture and complexity.
Minimal filtration, vegan fined and minimal sulphur on bottling to keep the wine fresh and lively.
Pair with slow-roasted lamb, BBQ’s and firm cheeses
Andrew Vesey, Consultant; Clandestine Vineyards
Castelli Estate, Denmark WA
Nick and Trudy Stacy