2016 Heartland Spice Trader Cabernet
Just as the spice traders of old, we risk all in search of exotic flavours. We join you in the hunt for those elusive spices that fascinate our palates and capture our imaginations. Wine should be an adventure.
The extra time in bottle prior to release shows a purple core turning to a red rim. This is shown on the nose with layers of dry herb and dark spice enveloped by black fruit. The dense blackcurrant character dominates the mouth, while pepper and sweet spices dance to the tune of a long finish.
The fruit was crushed into 8 tonne open fermenters and left on skins to cold macerate for three days prior to fermentation. The wine underwent its malolactic transformation in oak, was then racked and returned to French and American oak for a 12-month maturation. Blending was completed just prior to bottling.
Harvest was more generous than the previous few years, with above average quantity and quality. Total degree days were up from the last three years, with wonderful ripeness levels recorded leading to amazing fruit intensity. This may supersede the 2012 vintage for overall quality.