Cabernet Sauvignon Pyrenees Victoria
A dry grown, single vineyard, hand crafted Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon. George Berry started his vineyard and orchard in 1862 on the banks of Carapooee Creek. Whilst some rootstock 110 to 140 years old can still be found, today's Berry Bridge are the fruit of plantings by Jane Holt and Roger Milner. Milner developed his passion for viticulture after several vintages at Chateau Reynella in the 1970s. He joined forces with Holt BAppSc(WineSc) & AssocDegAppSc(Wine-growing), and happily took on the challenge of re-developing the site.
Berrys Bridge has a very limited production of three super premium editions annually. The 6½ hectare vineyard and winery at the northern foothills of the Victorian Pyrenees, was first planted to vines in 1990 Rich red clay soils, warm summer days and cool nights provide lush ripe berries with intense colour, concentrated flavour and complex tannin structure. The area enjoys good winter/spring rainfalls and relatively dry summers. Good canopy management generally minimises disease. The hand picked fruit is treated to a small batch open fermentation, hand plunged and baskert basket pressed. Matured in fine grained oak barriques under temperature controlled conditions until bottling without filtration.
Deep crimson colour. The nose displays aromas of violets, cedar and luscious sweet cassis fruits. The full bodied palate is crammed with fruit, cedar, hints of olive and gorgeous fine, silky tannins that hold the finish for a considerable time. Despite its weight, this wine is surprisingly soft and supple at the finish with moderate acidity that balances the abundant tannin and fruit.