Chris Hill `Full Circle` Old Vat Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (12 x 750mL), SA.

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With this Barossa Cabernet I’ve taken an “old school” approach to winemaking using large old vats as open fermenters with lots of skin contact and regular plunging to deliver a full flavoured, dry palate that is savoury and earthy.

SA - Barossa
South Australia

Winery Tasting Notes


Deep ruby red with viscous legs coating the glass


The bouquet is intense with rich dark chocolate and brandy soaked dried fruits. There is a strong earthiness and distinct oak influence with cedar wood and pencil shavings.


With fermentation in large open tanks this wine has developed a smoky bacon and gamey complexity which supports the characters of heavily charred oak. The entry has hints of blackcurrants and green beans combined with coconut, earthy herbs and tobacco. On the tongue the texture is big and chewy with high alcohol and grainy tannins. The finish is luscious and velvety with rich chocolaty characters lingering long after the wine has gone.

Food Matching

This is a rustic, food friendly Cabernet to enjoy with barbequed steak, lamb or spicy sausage. It’s also ideal with a mixed platter of soft and hard cheeses or savoury tapas style dishes with olives, cured meats and Middle Eastern spices.

Cellaring Potential

This is a long living Cabernet that will give enjoyable drinking over the next 4 – 6 years and it will slowly develop a fine crust or coating on the bottle. It has been lightly filtered for optimal cellaring potential.

SA - Barossa
Grape Style
Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

My first winemaking experience was harvesting grapes in the Barossa Valley during vintage 1981. Long hot days were spent hand picking bunches of sweet, sticky Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache and a host of other nearly forgotten varieties. At the end of each day after the last bins were tipped into the crusher, we’d meet at the weighbridge with Peter Lehmann for a bottomless glass of robust Shiraz and an inspired conversation about the new wines and vintage developments.

After three decades my day still ends with a nice glass or two of Shiraz or maybe Chardonnay but a lot has changed over that time. From a humble cellar hand plunging skins in open concrete fermenters during the 1980’s, to debating the appropriate cooperage for Hunter Shiraz with Len Evans in the 1990’s to the corporate boardrooms of giant multinationals in the 2000’s, I’m now back to making wine as an independent negociant.

Based in the heart of McLaren Vale, I’m surrounded by wonderful old vineyards and dozens of modern wineries run by talented winemakers. The joy of being a negociant winemaker is the flexibility to be able to source grapes and make wine anywhere throughout Australia. The benefit is an unlimited resource of varieties, regions, styles and skills to craft individual batches of unique wines without constraints.

My goal is to create genuine, honest wines that showcase flavour, vitality and life. Good wine should be accessible to all and be enjoyed as part of a healthy, active lifestyle with fine food, close friends and plenty of fun. I have many favourites but I believe variety is the spice of life and I enjoy discovering new flavours and stretching the boundaries of traditional winemaking.

From an old favourite to something exotic, tantalizing and new, I hope you enjoy the journey through my selection of classic Australian wines.

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