Our Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet is sourced from Shiraz grown on our Ashmans property and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the Pokolbin Hills Estate. The 2018 vintage in the Hunter Valley was simply spectacular for reds. Warm, dry conditions meant that cropping levels were reduced, helping to produce wines of great concentration and length of flavour. After fermentation in stainless-steel vats, both parcels were matured separately before blending. The blended wine, an amalgam of 90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, then finished its maturation in French-oak barriques. This is a modern style of Australian red that also respects the tradition of using varietal blending to create a more rounded wine. The Shiraz brings intense plum fruit sweetness and dark berry and chocolate characters, while the addition of a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon adds length and body.
Alcohol – 14%
Cellaring – 5-10 years