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The Sorrenberg Cabernet blend is what you might describe as a 'classic' styling of a mid-weight Cabernet blend. Barry has made this wine since 1989 with fruit grown entirely from his own biodynamically farmed vineyard just outside Beechworth. The blend alters slightly each year, with portions of Cabernet Franc and Merlot added to the Cabernet Sauvignon base - Barry looking for elegance and suppleness in youth as well as age-ability. The 2014 is a lovely vintage for this wine. The fruit reaching ripeness at moderate alcohol, the tannin structure is gorgeous. It's a wine to be enjoyed now or in a decade's time.
What it Tastes Like
Lovely classical style Cabernet blend from Barry. This is replete with blackcurrant - both fruit and leaf. A hint of wet tobbacco, smooth old Jamaica chocolate and glistening red currant acidity. It's more-ish and elegant. Has fruit weight and structure in equal amount. The balance hit square on.
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 bouquet of the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Merlot is exhibiting black currant, dark fruit and chocolate with cigar box under notes. This fruit follows on to the palate to meld with the fine grain tannins and multi-layered acidity. The palate is full and lingering. The cellaring potential of this wine is at least 12 years.
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2026
About the Producer
Barry and Jan Morey planted their stunning Beechworth vineyard in 1986. Their first release in 1989 began the Sorrenberg story, a story destined to be one of Australia’s great estates. Barry farms with adherence to biodynamics, believing this to be the best way to get the most out of his home block of 2.4 Ha. on the outskirts of Beechworth.
Their wines are famous for their balance and longevity. The wines are made in traditional fashion, with wild yeasts for fermentation, gentle oak maturation and basket pressing for each wine. The Gamay is their most sought after wine, however, the thumbprint of Barry’s attention to detail is stamped across each release.
Sorrenberg is one of the true gems of Beechworth, and indeed Australian, wine.
Beechworth is a small wine producing region with a big reputation. The distinctive terroir in this part of the country produces some of our most iconic wines. If you want serious Chardonnay or Rhone-inspired Shiraz/Syrah, you want to get to know Beechworth. Some of the most powerful cool climate wines in the country hail from here, and some of our future stars are making it their home. The future looks very bright for this champion Victorian region.
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the truly Nobel grapes. An inherently structural variety, Cabernet when handled gently can produce majestic wines of grace and beauty that mature gloriously with time in the bottle. Australian Cabernet runs the full gamut of style: from lighter, more finely boned versions from regions such as the Yarra Valley, through the exquisitely complex and firm wines of Margaret River to the intensely powerful wines from the Coonawarra, there is much to explore in the world of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon.
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