2017 Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
McLeish Estate has proudly produced quality Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot since 1985. The wine displays great depth of flavour, with ripe, silky tannins. Classic Cabernet cassis sits alongside smoky, spicy oak and more complex notes of violets, tobacco and dark chocolate. This wine seamlessly provides a balance of vibrant Merlot primary fruit qualities complimented by spicy complexity.
Good early season rain followed a very early budburst in late August with even growing conditions continuing until Christmas.
The optimal conditions prevailed with long warmer days, the Vintage conditions throughout the white harvest continued to be extreme heat waves of 40 degrees plus leading to excellent ripeness and primary fruit characters.
Our vineyard was established in 1985 with the vines being hand harvested. Outstanding fruit is selected from the best vintages, the vines are dry land grown, thus ensuring low yields and high quality fruit. The vineyard soil on the DeBeyers Road property is ideal with a mixture of sandy loam and red volcanic clay.
Cuisine: Roast beef, game, aged cheddar
Cellaring: 2018 to 2024