2015 Old Vine Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Old Vine Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Seville Estate 2015 Old Vine Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon                                                                           

Winemakers Comments:               

The 2015 vintage was a great year that produced astounding wines across all varieties with good quantities. Great quality and quantity has not been seen in the Yarra Valley for some years and was gladly welcomed by the industry including the growers and accountants.

A mild start to the growing season with October and November producing some beautifully warm Spring days coupled with good rainfall. This lay the foundation for a great start to the season and a kick start to growth in the vineyard. Mild weather conditions with light winds followed through flowering which meant a high percentage of fruit set was achieved.

Summer was also mild with average temperatures and below average rainfall. This produced massive growth in the vineyard and management of canopies become paramount. Some high disease pressure days over the Christmas and New Year break put Andrew in and out of the tractor spraying desperately to stay ahead. This paid off as there were many reports of powdery mildew outbreaks around the Valley at this time. This pressure persisted through mid January then warmer, dryer conditions during February set us up for a great harvest.

Vintage was again early with sparkling base picked on the 11th February (7 days earlier then 2014) and table chardonnay coming in on the 26th. Pinot’s and Riesling followed in the first week of March with Shiraz and Cabernet all in by the 30th. It was a tight and compact vintage that didn’t seem to slow down or come up for breath. The winery was a buzz with fruit continually flowing in and fermenters everywhere.

Vinification:                                

Fruit is handpicked from the original vines planted in 1972. De-stemmed into open bins which is then tipped into 2 ton open stainless steel vats allowing 100% whole berries. Fermentation starts with wild yeast, co-fermenting with malolactic fermentation and hand plunged daily. The wine is then pressed off skins and run to barrel, aged in 10-20% new large format (300-500 litre) French oak barrels for 12 months. The wine is then racked with no fining or filtration to bottle.

Tasting Notes:                       

The colour is dark red with youthful purple tints evident. Perfumed with dark cherry, coco and spice, subtle oak sweetness adds lift and complexity. The palate is finely structured with ripe dusty tannins and red berry fruits. A tobacco savouriness that adds depth and complexity while the acid maintains freshness and adds brightness in the wine. A complex layered Cabernet that will award medium to long term ageing. Drink 2018-2030

Technical Data:                           Alcohol:   13.5%

                                                    Ph:          3.45

                                                    Acidity:    6.4 g/L