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2017 Cabernet Sauvignon


A classic Yarrh cabernet, and one of our best.  Two years in the cellar mean this wine is ready to go, but still a little closed.  Firm tannins will ease and let the dark fruits shine through over the next few years.  A wine that demands a second glass!

ENJOY IT WITH             

Big flavours and firm tannins require strong flavours to match.  Roast beef, grilled mushrooms, strong cheeses, chocolate.

CELLARING                  

The most cellar-worthy wine in our range.  We mature for two years before releasing, so while ready to drink on release, the wine will continue to improve for another 5 years, then its up to your personal preference – we’re now predicting 10+ years of careful cellaring will be rewarded.

 

Additional Information

Our first vines planted in 1997 are now old and gnarly (dude), and really define the Yarrh house style – lean, restrained, savoury, food friendly and true to variety and place.  The older these vines get the more characterful the wines become.  Keeping the crop low, and maturation in the cellar for two years, produces wines of intense colour, dark fruits and firm, pronounced tannins that age beautifully.  Blackberry, cassis, cigar box, tobacco, spice, black olive and a hint of mint are typical.  A sentimental favourite of ours, and one for the cellar.

GROWING                   

Estate grown.  Properly ripening Cabernet in a cool climate region can be tricky, but we planted on a warm, rocky ridge and keep the crop low, getting past any risk of green characters.  It’s a tough, lean vine that tolerates difficult seasons well.  Clay loam over shale.

MAKING                      

100% crushed fruit, cold soak for 3 days, wild (no added yeast) fermentation, 40/60 new/old oak French and Hungarian oak for 12 months, then held back 12 months before release. 

REVIEWS         

2013 Vintage – Silver, Huon Hook, The Real Review

2015 Vintage - 90/100 James Halliday Wine Companion

2017 Vintage – 94/100 James Halliday Wine Companion