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With only a few barrels selected, Aphrodite is derived from our best low yielding Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard sites and showcases its varietal hallmarks of blackcurrant and mineral.
From tiny berries, the concentration of flavours is slowly extracted during fermentation to produce a balanced but fruit driven wine with great ageing potential. This wine has plush dense fruit backed by magnificent mouth-feel and weight, matured in 100% new French oak.
Cassis and currents with bay leaf and grilled peppers.
Hitting the palate with lots of dark accented fruits, this Cabernet has notes of blackcurrants, plums and Indian ink, which wash across the palate in waves. Tannins emerge early and remain strong and prominent pulling the wine through to a lovely, long finish. Notes of graphite and woody herbs mesh perfectly with the tannin structure. Pipe smoke, scorched earth and spice box add complexity and create layering through the palate.
Handpicked, crushed, de-stemmed and fermented in five tonne open top fermenters with regular punchdowns three times daily during peak fermentation to extract colour and tannin. Following an average of 15 days “on skins”, the free run was drained to tank and the skins pressed with the pressings being combined in the same tank. After 24 hours, the wine was racked to oak barrels, where malolactic fermentation took place. Minimal fining and unfiltered.
15 months in 30% new French Taransaud hogsheads with the balance in two to four year old Taransaud.
If cellared carefully, up to 15 years.
93 Points - MaryAnn Worobiec, 5 May 2016
Generous and ripe, offering cherry cola and red licorice notes up front, giving way to black cherry and red plum flavors and accents of cardamon and toast. Fleshy and supple, with the tannins turning velvety on the long finish. Drink now through 2026