Cabernet and Shiraz have been blended together for generations in Australia. Arneis dropped in? Not so much, but why not? Cabernet Sauvignon brings structure and tannin, ripe Shiraz highlights texture and fruit and the Arneis brightens aromatics and adds acidity. Côte Rotie has traditionally used Viognier to stabilize color and add floral notes, Arneis here is just a little riff on that...sort of.
Bright ruby. Lively aromas of red berries, cherry, cracked pepper and dried herbs. Spicy and precise on the palate, offering tangy red fruit flavors, picking up a bitter licorice quality and leaving red fruit notes behind. The Arneis is a barely noticeable, but important, tang to the wine keeping it lively and nervy.
- Region: South Australia
- Varietal: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon - 25% Shiraz - 5% Arneis
- Vintage: 2013
- Vineyard: Cabernet Sauvignon (3 sites: 2 in McLaren Vale & 1 in Langhorne Creek) - Shiraz (2 sites: 1 in Barossa Valley & 1 in McLaren Vale) - Arneis (Adelaide Hills)
- Vine Age: Average: 15 years old
- Soil Type: Varied
- Oak: 50% Stainless Steel - 50% aged 12 months in French barrique (20% new)
- Production: 2,000 cases
John Reynell planted grapes at Reynella in 1838 and later employed a young laborer named Thomas Hardy. In so doing, the foundations were being put in place for two wine dynasties that were to dominate the region for over a century. McLaren Vale became the model of the small winery before such enterprises became fashionable in other states, and it... Learn More »