Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Bendigo Victoria
Graeme's Blend is the Passing Cloud flagship. Eponymously labelled after the proprietor winemaker, Graeme's Blend has consistently delivered a cornucopia of breathtaking Bendigo fruit every year since inaugural vintage 1980. The unirrigated Passing Clouds property produces meagre yields these days and grapes are called upon from outstanding vineyards between Bendigo and Heathcote. Parcels of Cabernet and Shiraz grown to eminent Bendigo sites are assembled around the backbone of estate grown fruit to create a complex, more powerful wine.
Passing Clouds is a small hands on operation employing traditional techniques. The story began in 1973 when Graeme Leith and Sue Mackinnon decided that they wanted to brave the elements, face the challenges of the land and pursue the holy grail of making the best wine in the world. Sheltered by hills of ironbark forest, the Passing Clouds valley offers an ideal mesoclime for red varietals. Low rainfall and deep, well drained soils produce small harvests of intensely flavoured fruit. Cabernet and Shiraz grapes are hand picked and vinified in open fermenters, hand plunged, treated to malolactic and matured in a selection of seasoned and new, French and American oak hogsheads and barriques for a year. Alcohol 14.0%
Dark Japanese plum colour, an indication of its power. Complex aromas of dark fruits are interwoven by vanilla , aniseed and spice. Rich complex aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant and spice follow through onto the palate, lined by a veneer of gentle oak. A superb balance of tannin and acidity complemented by lingering fruit, beautifully balanced on a length of fine chalky tannins.