93 James Halliday Points!
Cabernet Sauvignon Yarra Valley Victoria
St Huberts won much fame in Europe during the latter part of the 1800s, for the extraordinary quality of their new world wine. In the twentieth century, this noble estate lead the Yarra Valley's second golden age. The present day property boasts old vines planted in 1966 which generally yield low crops of intense fruit, brimming with rich flavours. A mere twenty one hectares of vine are crafted into one of Victoria's most enduring Cabernets. A tribute to the quality is the assertion by local growers that these vines produce the best Cabernet Sauvignon in Yarra Valley.
The precious St Hubert Cabernet blocks were reclaimed after the property reverted to grazing and dairy in the 1920s. The soil is relatively deficient in some nutrients, thus the vines are not overly vigorous. The scarce winter rainfall is collected in a dam at the vineyard and used for irrigation as required in summer using a trickle irrigation system. Fruit is primarily sourced from St Huberts Block, with the inclusion of parcels from Yarra Valley flats. Individual batches are vinified in open vats and closed static fermenters, each in turn is pressed off and racked into a high proportion of new French oak barriques for fifteen months maturation, developing superb depth and wonderful complexity. Alcohol 13.0%
Dark red, crimson hues. A brooding example of Yarra Valley Cabernet, intense dark berry fruit notes of blueberry and cassis, violets intertwine with reserved, integrated oak and just a hint of mocha. The palate is medium to full bodied, showing lovely roundness and depth. Tannins from the fruit and oak are ripe and powdery, providing excellent structure and length. A stately wine to be enjoyed alongside aged sirloin and jus.