2018 Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet

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TROPHY BEST RED BLEND, 2019 NSW WINE AWARDS
Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet is sourced from Shiraz grown on the Ashmans property with an average vine age of 35 years and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on Pokolbin Hills Estate planted in 2009. The 2018 vintage blend is 90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vintage 2018 was a spectacular red vintage in the Hunter Valley. Dry, warm conditions that were similar to 2003 meant cropping levels were smaller than average and produced wines great concentration and length of flavour.

After fermentation in stainless-steel vats, both parcels were matured separately before blending in November 2018. The blended wine then finished its maturation in French-oak barriques until bottling in May 2019.

A modern style of Australian red that also respects the tradition of using varietal blending to make a more rounded wine. The wine shows intense plum fruit sweetness from the Shiraz with dark berry and chocolate characters. The Cabernet component adds to the length and fullness of the wine.

Cellaring – 5–10 years

Range:
Winemaker's Selection
Region:
Hunter Valley, NSW
Variety:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Shiraz
Vintage:
2018
Volume:
750ml

Nick Stock www.jamessuckling.com

95 Points - “There’s a subtle bend into more purple fruit on the nose here with a gentle, leafy edge, across red cherries, plums and fresh oak. The palate has such tautness and firm, dense yet fine
tannin – barriques used here – with some very attractive red plums and mulberries and toasty young wood to close. A blend of 86% shiraz and 14% cabernet sauvignon. Drink or hold.”

Huon Hooke The Real Review

94 points - "Deep, bright, youthful purple/red hue, the aroma sweetly blackberry-ish and showing a glimpse of cabernet even though it's only about 10% of the blend. The wine is elegantly styled, supple in tannins and displays beautiful poise. Hints of mulberry throughout, the fruit quite concentrated and essency in the mouth, with some alcohol warmth at the end. It's been aged in barriques but oak is nigh invisible. A bright, almost callow wine with a promising future."

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