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Medhurst Estate Vineyard Cabernet 2017

2017

Medhurst

Estate Vineyard

Cabernet

A classic example of cool climate Cabernet with a long palate and soft tannin finish.

$60.00 / Bottle

The Season
The 2017 growing season was cool and mild, producing wines with wonderful acidity, flavours and fine boned slinky tannins. Due to such mild conditions and a relatively overcast summer vintage began three weeks later then in 2016 and 2015 on March 5th. The wines show great poise, fruit flavour and energy, another classic Yarra Valley vintage in the making.
Tasting Notes
A complex cool climate Cabernet nose of tobacco leaf, blackberry, plums and hints of spice and graphite. Classic and enticing! The palate controlled by fine and talc-like tannins woven into a persistent and pure fruit finish. With tremendous poise and elegance, the 2017 Medhurst Cabernet Sauvignon will continue to improve with careful cellaring for over at least a decade.
Wine Making
Low crops and careful canopy management ensure powerful varietal flavours and great intensity in a medium bodied frame. 4.0t was picked on the 23rd March and placed in the coolroom overnight. The following morning bunches were destemmed and crushed into a single open fermenter where the grapes underwent fermentation and remained on skins for 20 days. This extended maceration produced silky tannins, essential for the structure and longevity of the wine. After pressing, the wine was racked to French oak barriques (40% new) for extended elevage. After 12 months the wine was rack and returned to 1 and 2-yr old oak for a further 6 months until bottling onsite on 27th November 2018. Only 260 dozen produced.
Technical

Vineyard: Medhurst Estate, Gruyere
Block: D block
Clone: SA125
Soil: Mountain-derived silty grey loams, ironstone gravel
Alcohol: 13.2
pH: 3.47
TA: 6.4

Food Pairing
Ideally matched with locally farmed spring lamb cutlets and crisp rosemary, salted roast kipflers.