Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet is sourced from Shiraz grown on the Ashmans property and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the Pokolbin Hills Estate. The blend for the 2019 vintage is 90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
After fermentation in stainless-steel vats, both parcels were matured separately before blending in December 2017. The blended wine then finished its maturation in French oak barriques before being bottled in May 2018.
A modern style of Australian red that also respects the tradition of using varietal blending to create a more rounded wine. It shows intense plum fruit sweetness from the Shiraz, along with dark berry and chocolate characters; the Cabernet component adds to the length and fullness.