2018 Streicker Ironstone Block Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
After an unseasonable dry early Winter, late rains in August and September came to the rescue. Budburst commenced in early August and continued until late September. Significant rain events persisted through to mid-October, with conditions fining up through the flowering period enabling successful flowering and fruit set. Vine growth was excellent and excess vigour issues were dealt with by employing shoot thinning and vine de-legging practices, in a successful attempt to deter regrowth and crowding of fruit zone areas. Harvest began on the 27th January, in line with the earliest picking dates on record, trailing out until completion on the 13th April.
The fruit was hand-picked, de-stemmed and the berries just split to allow for minimal breakdown of the skin and to preserve the natural fruit freshness. The grapes were pumped over three times a day for 18 days, after which the wine was separated from the skins and allowed to finish fermentation in premium French oak barriques. The wine is aged in 45% new oak barrels for 18 months, after which it was blended, clarified and bottled.
Black cherries, cacao, blueberries and hints of cedar.
Black fruits balanced by fine lines of pure fruit tannin and dense flavours of cherry skin, mulberry and cassis. An opulent finish of yet more black fruits, graphite and hints of violets.
Enjoyed for it's freshness now or cellar for up to 10 years.
95/100 - James Halliday Wine Companion 2023
GOLD - Margaret River Wine Show 2021