CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2004

WG GRACE

BACKGROUND

All Heydon Estate wines are the product of single vineyards with fruit estate grown on our old Wilyabrup property in the heart of the Margaret River appellation.
As usual, this wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from our prized old Cabernet vines planted in 1988, and known as A BLOCK. These vines are dry grown, affording maximum concentration of flavours.

2004 vintage in Margaret River was near perfect for reds and whites in terms of both quality and yield. A cool spring/summer promoted slow growth and highly concentrated fruit flavours followed by a long warm late autumn ensuring ideal sugar/acid/alcohol ratios, and optimum ripeness.

VIGNERON GEORGE HEYDON’S COMMENTS

A dark brick red colour.

A rhapsody on the nose with brooding red berries, lavender, bay leaf, mint. peppermint and abundant floral aromas. Complex camphor, cigar box and briary characters round out an elegant and attractive nose.

The palate is long with smooth ripe tannins. The dominant flavours coating the palate are luscious berries and mint. This is a fruit driven wine integrated to perfection and rewarding the bottle age allowed it, in keeping with the company philosophy to release wines when ready for best enjoyment.

VINIFICATION

The fruit was hand picked on 29th March 2004.

Open fermented, gently pumped over and skins contact for 13 days.

Maturation for 20 months in 100% French oak barrels, 50% new and 50% second use.

WINE ANALYSIS

Alc/Vol:  13.8 %
Acidity:  7.0 g/l
pH:        3.60