85% cabernet sauvignon, 7% merlot, 4% merlot and 2% each of malbec and old vine matured for 10 months in French oak (30% new). It's bred in the purple, but needs 5-10 years to fully reveal the inherent balance and finesse of the blackcurrant fruit and green olive flavours. Value++.
94 points, Wine Companion (September 2019)
Lovely style of wine here. It’s restrained, perfumed, has a good amount of flavour in the cherry and redcurrant spectrum, a kiss of vanilla and spice oak, a dusty gently herbal Cabernet profile, freshness, and fine length. Good now, and good later too. A delight.
93 points, The Wine Front (October 2019)
An array of bright violet, cassis and blueberry aromas lead to a supple and elegant palate that has sappy cut in the mid-palate, all wrapped up tight and bright in fresh, juicy tannins. A blend of 85% cabernet sauvignon, 8% merlot, 4% cabernet franc, 1.5% petit verdot and 1.5% malbec.
91 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2019)
Yarra ValleyThe Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.