The vineyard is planted to Cabernet sauvignon (46%), Merlot (26%), Cabernet franc (18%), Malbec (5%) and Petit verdot (5%). The percentage of each variety that goes into the final blend changes with the season as factors such as fruitfulness and fruit set. The greatest influence we have over the quality of this wine is deciding when to pick each variety, this determines not only the flavours but the quality of tannins, and the acid and alcohol levels. The fermentation regime is similar to that of the Pinot, although slightly longer fermentations are employed (up to 10 days). This is followed by 22 months on barrel maturation, with 25% of the blend in large format oak (1500L or larger), and 30% in new barriques (225L).
- VIC - Yarra Valley
Light colour; very savoury and slightly minty overtones to the red berry fruits; surprisingly light-bodied for the vintage.
Rating 90 - James Halliday, Austalian Wine Companion (FEB/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2008 is a tighter, more savoury wine than the Quintets from 2003 to 2006, starting with earthy aromas with cedar and raspberry. The palate is structured and linear with flavours of tobacco and red berries. This wine brings back memories of classic vintages such as 1991 and 1995, both drinking exceptionally well now.
“Artfully made, pliant and silky, this long and finely textured red has a deep, alluring perfume of violets, cassis, sweet red red berries and blackberries knit with fresh, tight-grained dusty oak and backed by suggestions of briar and dark chocolate. It’s slightly confiture-like, with a hint of currant, sour cherry and dried herbs beneath its elegant, finely crafted palate of vibrant dark plum and small berry flavour. Very good indeed, but perhaps an earlier-maturing release from this faster-ripening season.”
Rating 93 - Jeremy Oliver, Wine Annual 2012