Our classic old vine Cabernet is a wine of great quality and character which is dedicated to Ron's father Alwyn "Lofty" Liebich (1916-1953) who had high ideals - he was also a rather tall bloke.
Vineyard and Vinification:
Grown On CW's Block, planted by Clarence Walter “Darkie” Liebich in 1969, the vines suffer dead arm affliction causing low yields of 0.5 tonne per acre, which greatly intensifies the fruit colour and flavour. Vines are hand-pruned and receive minimal irrigation. As well as the low yield from dead arm affliction of around 0.5 tonne per acre, the intensity of flavour is enhanced by the non clonal vineyard, the mixed clone producing wild variations among the vines in berry size and quantity of fruit. Grapes for the 2002 vintage were picked at 15.4°Baume late in the season for optimum ripeness. Traditional hand plunging of the skins, basket pressing and non-filtration, have achieved excellent colour & flavour extraction. Maturation for 24 months in various aged French oak barrels has added complexity and perfectly balances the seductive fruit.
Colour: Deep crimson .
Nose: A delightfully pungent nose of blackberry, herbal pepper and violet overtones harmonise with the soft French oak.
Palate: The sweet fruit is balanced by the components of ready-aged oak and puckering tannin with the finish being extremely long and enticing. This wine is justifiably essence of fruit, and will reward long term cellaring, although great drinking right now.
Alcohol: 15.5% v/v.
Cellar: 15+ years.
Closure: Natural cork and screw cap.