Morambro Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Deep brick red in colour. Rich with blackcurrant, mocha, mint and violet aromas. A succulent medium-bodied wine of blackberry and blackcurrant flavours subtly spiced with vanilla and gentle French oak tannins all integrated into a persistent, silky finish.
Winemaking at Morambro Creek is very traditional and labour intensive. Oak maturation takes place using 35-40% new French oakbarrels. 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.
Padthaway had a very dry year, with only heavy rains in September breaking the pattern. November continued very dry, yet with cool days and nights. A high number of sunshine hours had encouraged unusually big vine canopies. We went through some very hot weather after Christmas, but the vines held up well and we've had no disease to speak of. January and February remained very dry.
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.