Sorrenberg Cabernet Blend

Sorrenberg Cabernet Blend 2016

Beechworth, Victoria   |    750ml   |    14%

"Has a cult following not far removed from that of Giaconda"- James Halliday.

Established in 1985, Sorrenberg is one of the star wineries of the premium wine region of Beechworth in north-western Victoria. Over the best part of 30 years, Sorrenberg have received high acclaim for their wines that are all made in tiny volumes; Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay and Sauvignon Blanc always leading the charge. In the words of James Halliday, Sorrenberg has "a cult following not far removed from that of Giaconda", it's no surprise then that these releases are quickly snapped up each year.

This 2016 Sorrenberg Cabernet Blend is consists of 30 - 40% Merlot and Cabernet Franc with the remaining Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose offers a combination of plum and cassis with a hint of blackberry. Subsequently the palate reflects these aromas with the addition of noteworthy tannin and balanced acid. This is a beautifully structured and intensely flavoured Beechworth red, which while hard to resist now, is going to offer plenty of reward for those willing to cellar it for the best part of 10 years.

"The 2016 Sorrenberg Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Merlot is a robust red but not without a sense of balance. Heady with blue fruits, woody spice, brambly notes and faint anise, it’s a serious wine from the get-go. Flavours match the bouquet, wrapped up in a sheath of silty tannins, drawn long and finishing fine and lightly chewy. While the expression ‘everything old is new again’ is trite here, the message is that the best producers in Australia shouldn’t be ignored for the shiny and latest. Sorrenberg’s rise and rise continues to be the direction of arguably one of Australia's finest producers." - Mike Bennie, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, April/ May 2019.

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$49.90
Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
"Barry and Jan Morey keep a low profile, but the wines from their vineyard at Beechworth have a cult following not far removed from that of Giaconda; chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, semillon, pinot noir, merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and gamay are the principal varieties planted on the north-facing, granitic slopes. Gamay and Chardonnay are the winery specialties" - James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au.

Established in 1985, Sorrenberg is one of the star wineries of the premium wine region of Beechworth in north-western Victoria. The site was selected for viticulture because of its cool climate and favourable granitic soil. The undulating site provides good drainage and the northern aspect ensures full ripeness is achieved even with the later ripening varieties.

Over the best part of 30 years, Sorrenberg have received high acclaim for their wines that are all made in tiny volumes; Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay and Sauvignon Blanc always leading the charge.

The grapes grown at Sorrenberg are processed at the vineyard using traditional methods throughout the wine making process with fermentation being carried out in French Barriques.

Sorrenberg's hand made and low production levels allow meticulous attention to be given to each barrel of wine thereby ensuring maximum quality and flavour are achieved.

A long proponent of sustainable and biodynamic farming practices, Sorrenberg became at certified Biodynamic producer in 2008.
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Victoria
Beechworth
750
14
The lead up to the 2016 Vintage in winter and spring was a little warmer than usual and so Vintage was early, and short. We had to be careful to be always checking fruit flavours and beaumes but with careful management, the wines of this year are looking terrific.

The blend consists of 30-40% Merlot and Cabernet Franc with the remaining Cabernet Sauvignon. Low crop level is important to ensure the fruit ripens if the weather turns and to achieve maximum flavour. Half this Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented for 2 weeks on skins with plunging of the cap 4 times a day. The remainder of this wine was fermented for 4 weeks on skins before pressing. Natural yeast is used throughout. The wine undergoes oak maturation for 24 months before final blending and bottling without filtration.

The nose of the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon/ Cabernet Franc/ Merlot shows a composition of plum and cassis with a hint of blackberry. Subsequently the palate reflects these aromas with the addition of noteworthy tannin and balanced acid. This wine has fantastic length and will cellar well.

The cellaring potential of this wine is at least 12 years.

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