A one-off - mature, varietal wine from a very good site for Cabernet Sauvignon.
This wine wares the artwork of my mate Travis MacDonald who's paintings I adore and whose work semi-regularly features the landscape that surrounds Malmsbury.
In the glass
Wildly purple in the glass. Blackcurrant and sap (like a bleeding grapevine) are lifted out of the glass along with a lovely rosehip. It’s very perfumed. With some time in bottle the intense blackcurrant has softened, adding liquorice and cassis. It’s not all dark and thick - fresh mint, basil, sweet hickory and rocky, gravy, mineral flavours give the palate tension and moreish layers. There is an old woody frame, grape tannins move the wine along the pallet.
It really does deserve classic Claret food - roast beef, gratin, saint agur.
The Rush Brothers property is 5 aces planted to; Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet sits at the lowest part of the vineyard and is a substantial planting comparative to the other varieties. It’s lovely to have bottled this wine as a companion to the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, showing another side to this site.
1988 planting dry grown on own roots.
Picked happily ripe at the very end of March. Entirely destemmed and fermented on skins until dryness (14 days). Regular pump-overs. Pressed to tank to settle and then aged in two very old hogsheads for 9 months. 25 ppm sulphur before being bottled under Stelvin.