Paying tribute to the Edwards, another great, old, local Farming family, the 2010 Penny’s Hill Cabernet Sauvignon plantings are bordered on the foothills to the south of the vineyard by Edwards road. Our fourth dedicated Penny’s Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine celebrates the variety at its McLaren vale best, greatly enhancing the stature of the brand’s hand-crafted wines.
From narrow-planted rows on a five acre plot, bordered by dense revegetated bush and bird song aplenty, Penny’s Hill Cabernet Sauvignon was planted in 1993. Hand-tended and low yielding, the vines on loamy top soil over a clay base, run north-south sloping down from the vineyard’s highest point. Fruit in 2010 was picked on the 5th March.
Destemmed and crushed, fruit parcels were separately fermented on skins over seven days to peak temperatures of 28-30°C. Subsequent free-run juice and pressings made it to only the very best French and American barrels (30 % new oak with the remaining being three year old) for approximately 15 months with regular testing to achieve the correct strength and optimum flavour. Once reached, parcels were blended for an exact integration of complementary characters, prior to bottling on 22nd June 2011.