2017 Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet

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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.

Range:
Winemaker's Selection
Region:
Hunter Valley, NSW
Variety:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Shiraz
Vintage:
2017
Volume:
750ml
Cellaring Potential:
Drinking beautifully to 2020

Decanter Magazine

95 Points - Platinum medal: Best Australian Red Blend. Ripe blueberry nose intertwined with minty freshness. Hints of freshly cut grass on the palate with well-integrated oak-derived sweet spices of cloves and liquorice. Soft, sensual texture ending on a long, clean and juicy finish.

Campbell Mattinson, James Halliday Wine Companion

95 Points - If you put this in the cellar the chances of you being disappointed when it reaches maturity are almost zilch. It has character and balance and, from such an excellent year, has enough fruit to keep the engine humming along, long time. A beautiful medium-weight, filigreed wine. Drink by 2035.

Nick Stock, www.jamessuckling.com

95 Points - This has a composed, compact and soulful mid-weight style to it, plenty of black fruits and dark stony aromas, dried woody spices too. The palate has a dark essence-like spiced plum and dark cherry core, tannins roll smooth, even and purposeful, smoothly groomed, holds freshness and delivers incredible depth of flavour. Long and strong. Drink now and for 10+ years.

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