d'Arenberg High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 750ml
McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)
This vineyard was planted in the 19th century, and received its nickname as it was the first in the region to be trained above knee height. Over the past four decades, Cabernet Sauvignon from the High Trellis vineyard has been released under the d'Arenberg label to consistent critical acclaim, and won the coveted Jimmy Watson trophy at the 1969 Melbourne Wine Show.
The season began well with average winter rainfall, Summer conditions were significantly warmer than average with two heatwaves through January testing the limits of the vines. Following the heatwave was rain and cool weather, which helped slow down ripening, and allowed flavour development to catch up to sugar ripeness. White wines from this vintage are fruity and very flavoursome, as are reds with ample tannin to match.
Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to five tonne headed
down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending. Foot
treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then
basket pressed and transferred to old French oak barriques to complete fermentation.
The barrel ferments are aged on lees, and there is no racking until final blending. This
wine does not undertake fining or filtration prior to bottling.
This wine has a pretty nose, with lifted cassis and blueberry aromas. The palate is medium bodied and fresh, showing mulberry, black cherry and sage. There's nice fruit intensity, with vibrant acidity and plenty of spice. The finish is long and mouth-watering.
Alc % 14.5%