A mild winter and early spring bud break lead to an early harvest. Yields were lighter; no surprise after three large vintages. Moderate weather during the growing season with a series of heat spikes post-verasion pushed the fruit to a nice full ripeness with deep flavors.
All the Cabernet Sauvignon from our Reserve Block was harvested as separate lots; 65% of the lots were selected for final blend Merlot: 1% grown on our Hillview Estate. The wine was aged for 22 months in 100% new French Oak by coopers Vernou, Boutes, Sylvain, Quintessence, Seguin Moreau, Radoux, Bel Air, and Taransaud, with an additional 14 months in bottle before release.
“The deep crimson color of this wine hints at the intensity of the 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon — concentrated and powerful, with a finish that goes on for days.” - Cameron Parry, Director of Winegrowing