2021 Cabernets


2021 Cabernets

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Tasting Notes

The first Cabernet to utilise the new concrete fermenter and the result is so good that it will be fermented this way from now on.  A very attractive approachable Cabernet blend made all the more complex with the inclusion of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.  Bright, fresh aromas of sweet berries with a hint of dried herbs and black olives, very attractive.  More elegant and together than previous vintages with an utterly delicious sweet berry core of fruit with very subtle tannin structure already in perfect harmony.  Really excited about this wine and look forward to the feedback from Sanguine members for this one.

Vintage Overview


Great winter and early spring rain got the vines off to an amazing start. It dried off and got warm all at the ideal time in November making our first fully organic vintage easy to manage.  It looked as if it was going to get really hot again but the first heat wave in late December only reached 38 degrees not the 42 forecast and that’s the hottest it got. It remained a coolish and dry summer setting a perfect and large crop.  It seemed to take forever to harvest, 8 weeks in total, but the fruit was ripening slowly giving us plenty of time to get things right in the winery.  A special vintage that definitely makes up for the previous year’s hardships.


We utilize traditional winemaking practices that are labour intensive but within a modern understanding of its ways. The grapes from the four different varieties were destemmed, lightly crushed into separate small open fermenters and naturally fermented using their own naturally occurring yeasts for an average of 12 days. The wine is then transferred via gravity (to avoid pump shock) to French oak barriques (approximately 20% new) and left to mature for approximately 18 months. Prior to bottling the separate varieties are carefully blended to produce a balanced wine.


  • 94 points – Winestate Magazine, Cabernet & Bordeaux Challenge 2022 Wine Show Results (90-94 Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style)


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Additional information

Weight 1.3 kg