Cabernet Sauvignon Yarra Valley Victoria
Founded by the great James Halliday, Coldstream Hills is as fastidious today under the stewardship of it's highly respected winemakers, as it was in the halcyon days of the re-emerging Yarra Valley boutique wineries. Vintage conditions permitting, Coldstream Hills releases a Reserve in excruciatingly restricted quantities, assembled from the most exceptional barrels of elite Cabernet Sauvignon wine. The intensive handling of this robust Cuvee includes fermentation under new French oak, followed by extended maceration and ageing.
Coldstream Hills Reserve Cabernet is in most years, entirely based on fruit from a 3.6-acre block on the home vineyard planted. 2005 began with good rains early in the season and bud burst was followed by great flowering and fruit set. The summer was wet and cool, allowing the vines to thrive. The rains stopped in January and perfect conditions followed, in fact some of the best on record. The vines ripened quickly with the fruit showing great colour, intense flavour, good structure and excellent natural acid levels. This wine was matured for fifteen months in a combination of new and prior use French barriques, resulting in a fine balance of oak against elegant cool climate fruit. Alcohol 14.0%
Dark medium red with purple hues. Aromas of dark chocolate, blueberry and toasty French oak;, the nose shows classic cool climate characters of blackcurrant and dark cherry with underlying cedaryness. Toasty oak harmoniously provides background complexity, the tongue is greeted by blackcurrant and dark cherry fruit flavours with toasty violin like strokes of fine milky wood, vanillan and cocoa, essences of dark brooding liqueurs and dark chocolate. Medium bodied yet excitingly complex and flavoursome, the fine yet persistent Cabernesque tannins go to great lengths engaging the fruit, stylish and elegant, Coldstream Hills is an excellent example of Lower Yarra Valley Cabernet from a mild vintage.