The preceding two winters to the 2017 harvest has been the driest in recorded history on Lourensford. However, due to enough cold weather during winter the vines did go into proper dormancy with budding that occurred normally. We also experienced one of the coolest and driest summers in history with moderate temperatures and cool nights that resulted in slow and even ripening. With good canopy management and perfect ripening conditions we managed to bring the grapes in at just the desired time. This resulted in refined wines with elegance, good natural acidity with depth and structure.
In The Vineyard
Altitude: 100-200m above sea level from various locations on Lourensford Wine Estate
Age of vines: 10-15 years
Rootstock: Richter 110
Clones: CS46, CS 359, MO 348, MO192, SH22
Slopes: North western facing slopes
Row direction: North-East to South West and North-South
Soil type: Varying soil profiles including high potential soil of Pinedene, Tukulu and Avalon
Alcohol: 14 vol %
Total acid: 5.4 g/l
RS: 2.6 g/l
Closure: Aluminium screwcap with Saran/Tin liner
Cultivar: 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 18% Durif
Wood: matures in varying ages of 300L French Oak barrels for up to 12 months
This vintage can be enjoyed up to 2021, but will reach its best drinking potential towards the middle of 2019.
A wine to be enjoyed with everyday home-style dishes from meat on the barbeque to more hearty stews and pastas or even just with a beef sandwich for lunch.