We had good and above average winter rains. Spring conditions resulted in a reasonable berry set, and low-medium crop levels, across all varieties. Good conditions prevailed until January, when we experienced a record hot spell. February was warm too. March AND April (and May) were relatively dry. There were a few small scattered showers, which cleared quickly, and vines dried out quickly, producing ideal ripening conditions. Mild weather prevailed from then on.
Traditionally made in open fermenters and matured in a mixture of both old and new French and American oak, the Cabernet Sauvignon has benefited from the addition of a small percentage of ‘cordon cut’ Amarone style Cabernet which was left to dry on the vine after harvest. Separately fermented and matured, it was blended back just prior to bottling.
The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon (our very first vintage of this wine) has a fragrant blackcurrant nose that shows lovely toasty oak, fine tannins and a juicy mulberry fruit finish.