Black Top Blend 2009

GRAPE VARIETY: Cabernet Sauvignon
REGION: 100% One Tree Hill
ANALYSIS: 14.5% Alcohol, Residual Sugar < 2g/L
CELLAR POTENTIAL: This wine is approachable upon release, but will benefit with carefully cellaring between 8-12 years
COLOUR: Inky black to purple coloured intensity, with purple hues.
BOUQUET: This Cabernet Sauvignon displays enticing aromas of eucalyptus, mint and blackcurrants.
PALATE: Flavoursome and layered palate of spice, dark berry fruits, blackcurrants, plums and silky tannins.
VINEYARD & VITICULTURE: Sourced from two low yielding vineyards from Southern and Northern One Tree Hill, with an average yield of 2.0 tonne per acre.
WINEMAKING: Crushed and destemmed to open top fermenters, where cooling was employed throughout the fermentation between 18-25oC. There was two pump overs and one hand plunge every day to optimise flavour, colour and tannin extraction. The primary fermentation was 7-10 days, a further 8 weeks of extended maceration was employed for further extraction of flavour, colour and tannin. After extended maceration, the fermented wine was then gently Basket Pressed to a settling tank for 2 days, where it was then racked to older oak barrels to undergo Malolactic fermentation.
STORAGE/MATURATION: 22 months in seasoned French oak Hogheads.

Awards for this wine:

  • SILVER Medal – Cairns Wine Awards – 2012
  • BRONZE Medal – Cowra Wine Awards – 2012
  • 3 STARS – Winestate Magazine Cabernet Tasting – 2012