Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia
The Edwards are a well established family of agriculturalists with a long history of farming McLaren Vale for generations. Their eponymous road runs along the valley foothills, the land on the north side of the road is now established to fully mature wines which are the source of Cabernet Sauvignon for Penny's Hill. A generously proportioned, single vineyard wine with a real sense of place, articulating the uniqueness of site, enhanced by extended maturation in a good measure of new oak, McLaren Vale Cabernet at its finest.
The loam over clay soils at Edwards Road were established to Cabernet vines in 1993. The five acres site is surrounded by a rich diversity of flourishing native flora and fauna, all supported by the ecologically sustainable land management of the vineyard. Fruit is harvested off hand tended, low yielding narrow planted rows of vine which run north to south down the sloping site. Grapes are destemmed and crushed, parcels are separately fermented on skins for a week at temperatures peaking to 30°C. Batches are pressed and returned with the free run juices, into a high proportion of new French and American oak barrels for sixteen months maturation, before assembling into the finished wine.
Deep bright red colour. Rich, red fruit nose, spices and savoury earth bouquet. Hints of black cherry, plum and a caramel sweetness are embedded within the many layers of complexity. An extraordinary weight of fruit on the palate, Edwards Road exudes McLaren Vale Cabernet vegetal fruit flavours, finishing on a generous length of exquisitely drying tannins.