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.
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.