JULY 2018 TASTING NOTES:
"Deep tawny, caramel, rich, coffee, roasted almonds, cherry liqueur, almost herbaceous. Savoury entry, complex array of cloves, nutmeg, chicory and fig jam flavours with strident tannins framing the layers of cherry liqueur Warmth. Still very recognisable as Cabernet Franc with its distinctive fresh tannin structure and linearity.
We have watched this wine evolve over the last 21 years (1997 was one of the best and most balanced years in that decade) and are always surprised how well the wine is holding up. Cabernet Francs are rare in Australia, and it is even more rare for them to still be delivering these sorts of complex and integrated flavours at this age, so it is a joy for us on many fronts. If you do get a bottle or two, take special note of the ultra-fine, almost “regal”, pure tannins that effortlessly guide and support the wine’s textural and seamless mid palate. There is no obvious fruit left, as you would imagine, but the flavours and the softness that are in their place are enough to create memories and no small amount of happy and relaxed discussion.
Don’t go over the top with food choices – keep it simple, and definitely no hot and spicy choices!"
TASTING NOTES AT TIME OF BOTTLING:
VINEYARD REGION: King Valley
THE WINE: This wine shows lifted minty herbaceous characters underpinned by cherry, fig and strawberry fruit flavours. Barrel maturation has given this wine complex aromas and generous tannins with a wonderful firm and fragrant palate.
WINE ANALYSIS: Alc/Vol 14.0%