Morambro Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
Dark ruby in colour. Nose of slightly sweet and smoky cassis, with a touch of licorice, mint and tar. Lush mouthfeel with lip-smacking dark fruits and Christmas pudding spice. Long toasty oak tannins are integrated into the finish.
Winemaking at Morambro Creek is very traditional and labour intensive. Oak maturation takes place using 35-40% new barrels both French barriques. In good cellars, Morambro Creek Cabernet Sauvignon can age for anywhere from 7 to 10 years. This blend was put together using select barrels from our family estate that best demonstrate the intensity of our fruit balanced by integrated oak.
2001 started with good budburst. Good rains throughout the spring gave vines a great start and saved a lot of irrigation. Only two minor frosts were experienced in spring with no damage to vines. A shorter than usual flowering period with warm and calm weather gave excellent fruit-set. A hot and dry summer filled bunches well with virtually no disease problem. Harvest started a little earlier than normal and finished later due to cool weather from mid March onwards. Baume in later harvested varieties, particularly Cabernet, were slow to come up, but no major problems were encountered.
At Morambro Creek, our sole objective is to produce the best wines possible from our unique vineyard site. Planted on own rootstock and located in the Padthaway valley which is comprised of rich Terra Rosa soils our estate vineyard benefits from excellent sun exposure producing grapes of optimum flavour, colour and tannin development. The warm summer days are moderated each evening by coastal winds that cool the vines and result in a longer ripening period. This extended period allows for the grape tannins and seed to fully ripen prior to being harvested, thus creating wines that are rich and supple on the palate.
Our pursuit of great wine can also be seen in the meticulous management of our vineyard. We strive for low crop yields and small grape bunches of intense flavour, and whilst we employ the latest technology in the vineyard to help us achieve vine balance and reduced vigour, we harvest when the fruit reaches full flavour development.