This Agincourt shows classic Cabernet notes of cassis and dark fruits and berries, along with a characteristic leafy herbaceousness. The Malbec gives the wine a plummy, dark cherry roundness and, of course, more tannin.
The fruit for this Cabernet Malbec was sourced from Yarra Yering’s Agincourt block in the most easterly and sheltered part of their vineyard–Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 1995 and Malbec planted in 1990.
Hand-picked, crushed and destemmed into open-top fermenters. The cap is managed twice daily with extra time on skins that softens the tannins. Basket pressed prior to MLF (malolactic fermentation) in seasoned French (Bordeaux) barrels and allowed to mature for 18 months.
Could this be any more aromatic, with its perfect mix of florals, fruit and spice? The savouriness of (30%) malbec comes through as a mere accompaniment to the heady cabernet. Oak remains in the background, tannins are perfectly judged and acidity is bright. It promises to delight now and for some years hence.
96 points, Wine Companion (January 2021)
Deep red colour with a good tint of purple. The bouquet is cabernet-like but different: there's a seaweed or nori note, as well as blueberry and a whisper of violet. The wine is medium-weight at the most, elegant and finely-structured, with pleasantly drying powdery tannins in good balance with the lingering flavours. A raspberry note lingers in the aftertaste. Concentrated but elegant fruit drives the wine. It's a more straightforward style for this winery.
93 points, The Real Review (May 2021)
Yarra ValleyThe Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.