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RegionHilltops, NSW
WinemakerHarry Kinsman
ColourVibrant red purple
AromaQuintessential Cabernet aromas of blackcurrant, tobacco leaf and cacao with violet floral notes giving lift and perfume, supported by judicious use of classy French oak.
PalateClassically structured, full bodied Cabernet. Taut, dense palate expands and unfurls with fine, chalky tannin supporting cassis, redcurrant and dark chocolate. The finish is exceptionally long and well defined, ensuring a long life in the cellar.
Growing ConditionsA mild Spring & 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 harvest period, resulting in a compressed vintage. There was no 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/MaturationHarvested in the cool of the morning then gently destemmed into open top fermenters. After a minimum maceration period of 14 days the ferments were air bag pressed, settled and racked to oak for maturation. Oak used was a combination of French hogsheads at 35% new, the balance being 1 to 3 year old barrels. Maturation in barrels was for 16 months with minimal rackings before being carefully blended, lightly fined and filtered before bottling.
Acidity (TA)6.3 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date20-04-2018
Peak DrinkingReady for drinking now but will benefit from medium term cellaring to show full potential
Tasting Notes

With a philosophy to source top quality fruit from a single, meticulously managed vineyard, McWilliam’s Single Vineyard delivers distinctly elegant & balanced wines.┬áThe 2016 vintage of the McWilliam’s Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon came from Block 19 & 20 of the vineyard tendered by our very own Chris Coddington. Chris believes that the gentle inland slopes of the Hilltops region is the best place in Australia to grow world class Cabernet.

“The Single Vineyard range is an exciting development for McWilliam’s winemaking. Being site specific they showcase individual quality and personality, delivering wines of nuance and detail. This enables our viticulture and winemaking teams to push the quality and learn more about the terroir of each vineyard.” Andrew Higgins – McWilliam’s Premium Winemaker.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm


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