This wine has a pleasant, perfumed nose of red cherry and spicy cedar oak. Subtle hints of mint leaf and star anise lie underneath. The palate begins with flavors like strawberries and cherries - which morph into riper blackcurrants. The fruit is coaxed along by fine savory tannins, which, combined with fresh acidity, give the finish a lovely length and generosity.
The Estate-grown grapes for this 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon come from the Redwind Vineyard that the Shirvingtons planted on red and black clay over limestone soil in 1996. Sustainable farming practices are used in all Shirvington vineyards. The wine was 100% barrel-fermented and aged for 19 months in 100% French oak (33% new oak, 11% 1-year-old oak, and 56% 2-year-old oak).
The owners of Shirvington (Lynne and Paul), in close collaboration with their viticulturist and winemaker, have been making the highest quality wines from McLaren Vale since the release of their 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, which was awarded "wine of the year" at the prestigious McLaren Vale Wine Show and received a 94 rating from Wine Advocate.