This 2015 Red Blend shows typical lifted Cabernet aromas
of mulberry characters, with bright red and black fruits, the palate is built
with layers with the impact of Syrah adding mid palate complexity while
the Pinot Noir is giving a red fruit component while predominate feature
of this wine Cabernet builds in texture and persistence with some fine grain
tannins and vibrant acidity, all giving this wine a good cellaring potential.
The Murdoch Hill vineyard situated in the cool climate Adelaide Hills near
the township of Oakbank, in an undulating valley 420m in elevation.
The Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah selected for this wines are sourced
from a predominately east-facing slope producing fruit of more finesse by
avoiding the harsh afternoon sun. The soil structure is predominately sandy
loam over medium clay subsoil’s, with varying levels of ironstone, quartz
and schist rock.
These vines are cane pruned with vertical shoot positioning (VSP) with
extensive shoot thinning, canopy trimming and bunch thinning to control
the yield. The mild to warm ripening days with cool breezes at night
allow full ripeness whilst retaining vibrancy and freshness with
good natural acidity.
Whole bunches were hand harvested, de-stemmed into open fermenters.
A delicate approach during fermentation with pump over’s and hand
plunging employed to gentle extraction of colour, flavour and tannins.
Extended maceration on skins for 2-4 weeks has built this wine, giving layers
to the palate and a soft tannin profile. The wine was matured in fine French
barriques with 20% new for 10 months before bottling. The final blend
is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Syrah 6% Pinot Noir