A blend of 66% cool-climate shiraz and 34% cabernet has produced a sensational lighter style red sizzling with red berries and spice. Light oak contact has added depth and complexity.
Roses at the meniscus and a very deep inky black everywhere else, it still looks quite young in the glass. Fragrant with cassis and black fruits, there are whiffs of stones, also rose petals, forests, and a little toasty oak. The palate, upper medium and approaching full-bodied, is lush with classical caressing cabernet cassis, blackcurrants/blackberries, minerals are mixed with just perceptible eucalyptus aspects and hints of dark chocolate, there is a little white pepper later on the palate, supporting background oak and well-integrated acid. The tannins are fine with a slight chalkiness but what really hallmarks this wine is balanced, not a step out of place as it marches across your palate with a lovely gentle unfolding complexity. Some vintages are not that well suited to cabernet sauvignon on The Granite Belt while others excel, 2021 produced some great cabernets and this one may well be at the apex. There is no rush to consume this wine, a continuing slumber in your cellar will reward further patience.