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RegionHilltops, NSW
WinemakerAndrew Higgins
ColourCrimson red.
AromaDistinctly varietal nose of vibrant blackberry, redcurrant fruits & chocolate oak
PalateClassically structured, medium bodied Cabernet with silky cassis and dark chocolate fruit finishing with fine dry chamois tannins.
Growing ConditionsAn excellent vintage with warm days & cool nights throughout the season allowing fruit to ripen to full flavour maturity with minimal disease pressure. The vines were able to ripen with minimal water stress, due to fuller soil profiles from the previous two seasons, with flowering and bunch set occurring with no issues. A warm February and March with no heat spikes allowed for excellent flavour development with nil stress. Fruit was picked in ideal conditions.
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 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.
Alcohol/Vol13.5%
pH3.4pH
Acidity (TA)6.0 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date17-06-2016
Peak DrinkingWhilst ready to enjoy now it will reward medium term cellaring.

This wine honours Stuart McWilliam (1926-2015) – a proud member of the fourth generation of the McWilliam winemaking family, a pioneer of Griffith winemaking who brought innovative practices to McWilliam’s Wines. A classically structured, medium-bodied Cabernet with silky cassis (blackcurrant) and dark chocolate fruit finishing with fine dry chamois tannins.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm

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