Sarah’s Creek Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards grow mainly on limestone-based soil, although a small portion comes from shale. The goal was to make a wine that shows bold fruit flavors and soft tannins, whilst maintaining a good structure. This is achieved via very strict canopy management to prevent shaded fruit and harvesting at optimal ripeness. This Cabernet Sauvignon displays ripe blackcurrant, and dried herb characters on the nose, which are backed up with some spicy oak notes. The palate is smooth and soft, with beautiful ripe tannins and a long finish.
The grapes to produce Sarah’s Creek Cabernet Sauvignon are harvested by hand for greater quality assurance. The grapes are immediately destemmed, but not crushed. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for a period of 15 days at controlled temperatures. Aerated racking was done twice daily to ensure clean fermentation and soft tannins. The grapes were gently pressed in a bladder press, after which malolactic fermentation was completed in tanks.