"From the 1969 plantings. 50 dozen only. 24 days on skins, hand plunged, all French oak, 50% new. Unfined. It’s good that it’s been held back because it would have been seriously tannic to start. It’s now firm but mellow, powerful in every respect but balanced with it. Hats off here, it’s a grand red wine. Currants, leather, earth, mint, briar and cedarwood flavours all contribute. Tannin rakes through. This will last in the cellar for as long as you want it to." Campbell Mattinson, Winefront - Rating 95
The Spring and Summer of 2015 produced warm and dry weather which resulted in excellent conditions for ripening fruit. Yields in the vineyard were kept to a minimum through bunch thinning, to build flavour and intensity in the fruit. The best 18 rows of the original plantings from 1969 were harvested by hand over multiple passes through the vineyards.
Made using traditional wine making techniques. it was destemmed into open vats where it was fermented over ten days with daily hand plunging. After a further period macerating on skins to extract flavour and fine tannins, the wine was pressed and then racked to barrel. The wine was matured in a combination of new and old French oak barrels for twenty months prior to racking and bottling. The Old Vine Cabernet was finally bottle matured for the next three years prior to release.