Cabernet Sauvignon 66%, Cabernet Franc 11%, Merlot 10%, Petit Verdot 9%, Malbec 4%.
The last few years have witnessed an almost imperceptible notching up in the seriousness of the tannin structure of this wine, which remains as it always has been, a classic Yarra blend of the Bordeaux varieties. A distinctive nose of blueberry, cassis, olive and violets gives way to a cool, complex and restrained layer of cigar box, Christmas cake and fresh earth, in turn leading to a palate of almost surprising depth and structure. Seamlessly elegant, fresh and unassuming at first, the textbook mid-weight palate builds breadth and length as it sits in the glass, the structure evolving in perfect unison with the development of the old-vine fruit. Certainly enjoyable now, and a wine to continue to watch over the next 15+ years.