Adjacent to the Edwards Road boundary of the slightly elevated Penny’s Hill Vineyard, sits a small block of premium Cabernet. Reflecting the outstanding terroir of this single site and skilful winemaking, is a complex wine with structure and persistence.
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 was picked late March.
Destemmed then crushed to an open fermenter, fruit was left on skins for 7 days until the desired colour, tannin and flavour profile was obtained. Post pressing, wine completed fermentation in barrel, approximately 30% new French oak and remaining 1-3 year old. After 16 months of maturation, the wine was barrel selected and blended to ensure a wine of balanced oak and varietal Cabernet Sauvignon characters was achieved. Bottled September 2014.
Score: 94 POINTS
Review by: James Halliday
Score: 90 Points
Review by: Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age
Score: 92 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke