This wine is so bloody yum; it's silky yet edgy, like that hot hot scene from The Bodyguard when Whitney Houston's (RIP) silk scarf is cut in half by Kevin Costner's sword. And just like Whitney (RIP) sung in that piece of cinematic genius, we will always love this wine. We have a special bond with it, a simpatico, a goddamn wine crush bordering on the creepy. Everything about it. Its aromatics, its taste, the way it looks at me like I just roasted the perfect potato.
Site: Quarry Ridge Vineyard, Kilmore, Victoria.
Production: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot. Destemmed without crushing to increase proportion of whole berries in the ferment, supplemented by 20% whole bunch. One week cold soak prior to a 3-week wild ferment and a 5 day post-ferment maceration. Then aged in 100% stainless steel. A touch of sulphur added at bottling, unfined and unfiltered. 12.5%
Tasting notes: A real old school dry red gem with mid-palate silk elicited from the fruit's cold soak, producing a wine with juicy dark berries and a touch of quinine.