The 2016 growing season began with an early budburst after a relatively mild Winter with reasonable rainfall. The beautiful Spring weather which followed which led to good flowering/fruit set and improved yields for most varieties in the region. Fine, warm weather during Summer saw sugar accumulation accelerate quickly in the whites, until a significant rain event mid-January stalled the ripening process until the fine weather returned soon after. While the unusual January rain did present some challenges in the vineyard, it was certainly welcomed by the reds which were just beginning veraison. The warm, dry weather throughout February was fantastic, ensuring the whites achieved flavour ripeness and enabling the reds to attain flavour and tannin ripeness at full physiological maturity. All the fruit for this Cabernet Sauvignon is from the bottom of Block 3 at our Stevens Road Vineyard which is situated on the Boodjidup Brook about 3km from the winery. Fruit from thismature, low yielding vineyard consistently produces some of our best Cabernet each vintage, which we bottle as a single vineyard wine. Limited to only 200 dozen, the 2016 Stevens Road
Cabernet Sauvignon recognises the outstanding quality that this individual vineyard can produce and highlights the unique personality of this special site.
Concentrated with wonderful purity of fruit; blueberries and blackcurrant pastilles framed by high quality oak and hints of graphite with licorice and violets in the background.
The generous yet elegant palate offers wonderful inky blue fruits, mulberries, black plums and ripe blackcurrants. Beautifully structured and precise, the fleshy fruits combine with supple tannins to culminate into a lingering Cabernet finish.
This two tonne parcel of fruit was crushed/destemmed and fermented in open Omni bins at 25°C, during which the cap was managed by regular aerative punch downs and pump overs. After enjoying a seven-day maceration on skins the wine was pressed very gently (no more than 0.6 Bar), and then matured in fine French oak (38% new) for 14 months prior to bottling.