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RegionHilltops, NSW
WinemakerAndrew Higgins
ColourAn intense fusion of red and purple.
AromaA distinctly varietal nose of vibrant blackberry, bay leaf and dark chocolate fruits, coupled with sophisticated graphite oak.
PalateClassically structured, full bodied Cabernet, with silky cassis and dark chocolate fruit, finishing with fine grained varietal dry tannins.
Growing ConditionsA mild Spring and early Summer set the vines up well for a good vintage. Rain in the second week of January freshened the vines and provided ideal moisture for the ripening period. This was followed by warm weather which persisted throughout the entire harvested period, resulting in a compressed vintage. There was nil disease pressure due to the great canopies and low yields. Cabernet Sauvignon fruit was of great quality this season with vibrant fruit flavours and supple tannins.
Vinification/MaturationSelect blocks were machine harvested in the cool nights prior to being destemmed into open top fermenters. After an average maceration period of 10 days the ferments are air bag pressed, settled and racked to oak for maturation. Oak used was a combination of French hogsheads at 25% new, the balance being one to three year old barrels. Maturation in barrels was for 16 months with minimal rackings before being carefully blended, lightly fined and filtered before bottling.
Alcohol/Vol14%
pH3.5pH
Acidity (TA)6.4 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date21-12-2016
Peak DrinkingReady to drink now but will reward medium term cellaring.
Recommended Food PairingPork and veal meatball spaghetti or slow cooked beef with creamy mash
Very good crimson-purple hue; Hilltops is equally at home with its shiraz as its cabernet (or vice versa, as here). The wines have a gravitas that subtly commands respect, here with pure cassis/blackcurrant and black olive to the fore. Great value.
94 points
James HallidayWine Companion 2018

A true expression of the rich diversity and elegance of high altitude wines, the McW 660 range is a testament of McWilliam’s Wines understanding of the relationship that exists between the land, the climate and the winemaker. Harvested from vines grown at an average of 660 metres above sea level.

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