- Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vineyards: Serpentine
- Region: Bendigo
- Harvest: February 27th 2016
- Harvest pH:
- Harvest BÉ: 3.6-3.9
- Bottled: June 2017
The fruit is 100% de-stemmed and hand sorted before being traditionally vinified in open stainless steel fermenters, which are hand plunged twice a day. Two thirds of the total volume was pressed to barrel after fermentation was complete and the remaining third underwent an extended post-ferment maceration spending close to 50 days on skins. All batches are matured in 100% French oak for 16 months - 25% of which were new barrels. The wine was given a light egg white fining and a coarse filtration prior to bottling.
Vineyard, Vintage Notes
The Serpentine vineyard sits on the banks of the Loddon River 42 km north west of the township of Bendigo. Established in 1999 the vines are now 18 years old. The vineyard is planted predominantly to Cabernet Sauvignon (Clone: SA125) and Shiraz (Clone: PT23). The vines are cane pruned with shoot and bunch thinning occurring when required. Minimal irrigation is applied to achieve a balance between optimum fruit and a sparse canopy. Due to the particularly low rainfall and canopy more reminiscent of a dry grown vineyard rather than an irrigated, application of fungicide is rare. The soil is sandy clay loam over friable reddish clay with limestone pebbles. Average annual rainfall: 350mm Altitude: 124m Mean January Temperature: 21°C
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