This wine has a pretty nose, with lifted cassis and blueberry aromas. The palate is medium-bodied and fresh, showing mulberry, black cherry and sage. There’s nice fruit intensity, with vibrant acidity and plenty of spice. The finish is long and mouth-watering.
Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to five tonnes headed down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending. Foot treading is undertaken two-thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then basket pressed and transferred to old French oak barriques to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, and there is no racking until final blending. This wine does not undertake fining or filtration prior to bottling.
Behind The Name
This vineyard was planted in the 19th century and received its nickname as it was the first in the region to be trained above knee height. Over the past four decades, Cabernet Sauvignon from the High Trellis vineyard has been released under the d’Arenberg label to consistent critical acclaim and won the coveted Jimmy Watson trophy at the 1969 Melbourne Wine Show.