Harvest Date 18 March 2015 | Alcohol 14.4%
Matured in 40% new and 60% 2yr – 5yr old seasoned French hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
The cabernet sauvignon was the first variety planted in 1995 at Mt Pilot Estate. It was planted on two root stocks Paulsen and Swartzman. The drought of 2005 – 2009 reduced the vines on swartzman however those planted on the Paulsen were able to survive for 5 years without irrigation in some of the hottest summers on record. The yields are very light and with the vines cropping at 2500kg / Ha. They are spur pruned with the west side of the canopy left to sprawl and the east side lifted with wires to let the morning sun in.
The 2015 vintage was remembered for the coolish start and a warmer end with some well timed rain in Jan. An early picking was experienced compared to previous vintages due to the even ripening and good spring soil moisture. The vintage supported some delicate fruit flavours with good Tannin and full flavour. Some supplementary irrigation was added. Yields were generally 2500 kg to the HA back to our long term average.
The Cabernet is a deep velvet burgundy colour with length and flavour. It has a full bodied concentrated palate with length, fruit sweetness and silky soft tannins. It is recommended to be served with red meat such as fillet of beef, steak, venison or slow cooked lamb shanks.
A Very Good Vintage to 2025, some cellaring will be rewarded.