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2017 'Blue Cutting Road' Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
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Violets, cassis and red berries meet chocolate-mint flavours and a hint of spice.
Full-bodied with cassis, red berries and herbs. Fine grain tannins give the palate structure and balance.
Drinking well now, but will age wonderfully up to 8 years.
Quality soils are the thumbprint of all great wines. Grey loam acid soils over sandstone and slate make up the profile of both the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vineyards, with much of the top soil littered with rock, hinting at just how tough the vines need to be to sustain growth and produce quality fruit - not the mention the vigneron to ensure overall balance. 2012 marked the first year of NASAA Organic Certification for these vineyards.
These varieties are blended at the crusher. Small batch fermented in four tonne fermenters over a 12 day period using natural yeast and hand-plunged. Again, a percentage of whole bunch fruit is used in the open fermenters. The wine is left on skins post-fermentation for an additional 15 days, enhancing tannin complexity. Pressed and racked to oak after four days for a total of two years.
In the late 1890s, Blue Cutting Road was hand-dug by Polish settlers while waiting for gainful employment. The road is situated in the area known today as the Polish Hill River region of the Clare Valley. Not only does it remain a usable summer bush track connecting two main roads, it also dissects the two vineyards that provide the valuable, flavoursome fruit for this wine.
Alcohol - 14.5%
pH - 3.45
Acidity - 6.5g/L