Cabernet Sauvignon Hawkes Bay New Zealand
This compelling construct of North Island Cabernet is sourced from the boutique Woodlands Vineyard, situated within the exclusive Gimblett Gravels appellation of Hawkes Bay. A wine of elegance and concentration not often encountered in New Zealand Cabernet. Squawking Magpie gathers fruit from it's most precious site, the very best grapes of each vintage are sorted for inclusion. Due to the limited yields of the site from which it hails, very little of this wine is ever made. It is remarkably drinkable at it's youth and develops gracefully.
Grapes are grown to a unique terrain which delivers world class fruit, the vines are rooted to an exceptionally rich and fertile, alluvial stone bed, over fifty metres in depth. The gravely soils of the eight hundred hectare Gimblett Gravels area were formed by continual flooding of the Ngaruroro River over ten millenniums, eventually forming what is now a wine growers paradise. Only the best grapes are selectively hand picked from the lower yielding older vines. Fruit is gently destemmed and tank fermented to retain the vigorous expressions of Gimblett Gravels Cabernet. Treated to a daily pumpover of skins and extended maceration, followed by malolactic and maturation in new French oak barriques.
Bright red colour. Intense aromas, ripe blackcurrants and cassis, complexed by secondary characters of cedar and tobacco, leather and spice. A wine of great richness and strength, complexity and remarkable refinement, the immense palate delivers big flavours of black, red and blue berries over a superb line of ripe, lengthy tannins, a solid palate of firm structure and elegant poise.