The Nimble King

Cabernet Sauvignon 2022 - NEW VINTAGE

Like a big man completing a perfect pirouette our noble Black Sheep Cabernet is a confounding combination of both power and grace – a truly Nimble King

Winemaker's Notes

Not so long ago Block 3 at Black Sheep vineyard was anything but noble. Originally set up to a commercially pragmatic, but low quality producing, twin tier trellis it was also riddled with dead wood and non-producing vines as the effects of age crept in. The vineyard was a wreck but fortunately the foundations were solid. Our vineyard team took to it with chainsaws, reducing the vines to stumps. In time the stumps shot out fresh shoots, mostly, and we re-established the trellis with a focus on high quality. The work has proven worth it. Beautiful 40 year old vines in the perfect position to make terrific Blewitt Springs Cabernet.

Bouquet & Palate

Immediate varietal lift of bracken, blueberry, and sweet fruited strawberry. Red on blue on black. Bubblegum, blood, and iron. Gravel, silt, and slick fruit. Ripe red fruit, fleshy and fresh, softly rumbles on the palate. Tannin taut but never stretched beyond textural. Poise of a dancer, grace of a player.

Food Match

Mushroom-Quinoa Burgers with Rosemary Mayo, or fillet steak smothered in mushroom sauce.