2013 Cloudburst Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2013 vintage was characterized by early season coolness right up to the beginning of the year, when the heat of summer fully arrived. Summer was typified by warm to hot days followed by warm nights. This was accompanied by lower than normal rainfall in January and February Chardonnay benefited from these conditions and the grapes developed great vibrancy and intensity. Good Marri flowering resulted in minimal bird pressure, and lack of rainfall and good sea breezes led to an absence of disease pressure. March brought cooling temperatures, allowing our reds to ripen gradually, developing extraordinary depths of flavor, weight and concentration. Truly a great year.
The 2013 Cloudburst Cabernet Sauvignonis a dream of the darkest forest fruits ever seen, combining black plums and blood plum reduction, with notes of seasoned black pudding, morcilla sausage, and a smokiness of doused campfire and peat, all lined with salt spray with a dash of seaweed, seasoned with a splash of Speyside single malt whiskey.