2015 William Randell Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep, inky red in colour. Lifted blackcurrant and blackberry on the nose with hints of eucalypt. The palate shows depth and power with generous pure Cabernet fruit and supple, long tannins. Balanced French oak adds some savoury spice to the wine. Will age well for many years.
Following harvest the fruit was crushed into a variety of small fermenters (4 to 6T in capacity). Fermentation was carried out at a warm temperature (25-28°). The ferments were manually pumped over to provide good control of tannin extraction. Each fermenter was treated as a separate parcel of wine and once dry was filled to French oak (40% new). Following malolactic fermentation the wines were racked and returned to the same oak. Parcels remained in barrel for an average of 18 months prior to blending. Only the best barrels from the multiple parcels were used to make the final blend. Once blended the wine was prepared for bottling.
2015 Vintage was characterised by a dry period extending from July to April, together with warmer than usual temperatures during Spring until mid January which advanced maturity on lower yielding vines. Mild temperatures from Mid January slowed maturities concentrating flavour and intensifying colour development.
Gold at 2017 International Wine & Spirits Competition
Silver at 2018 International Wine Challenge
Bronze at 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards
3 1/2 Stars at 2018 Winestate China Wine Yearbook
95 Points - Campbell Mattinson, Winefront
Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon really can be outstanding. If you’re looking for a long haul wine … Bursting with flavour, struck by integrated tannin, pretty, grunty, long and impressive. There you go, it’s a ripper. Blueberry and blackcurrant, mint and violets, smoky oak, chocolate. Dust and herbs, carried in on the wind of fruit. This will remain beautiful, and mature well, over a very long time.
94 Points - James Halliday's Wine Companion
French oak matured (40% new) for 18 months. A selection of the best barrels only included in the final blend. Solid, chunky, dusty Cabernet, which is clearly going to do well in the cellar. Plenty of familiar varietal elements all through, with blackcurrant, mint, herb and just a touch of liquorice. Oak plays its part with a cedary, chocolate overlay, and the tannins, while quite firm are well in tune with the wine overall.
94 Points - Bob Campbell MW
Attractive, fine-boned Cabernet Sauvignon with typical cedar, blackberry and mixed spice flavours. The wine is perfectly structured with a backbone of fine tannins that allow it to be enjoyed now but also offer development potential
93 Points – Robert Parker Wine Advocate September 2018
The 2015 William Randell Cabernet Sauvignon is a single-vineyard, Eden Valley bottling with plenty of intensity and varietal character. Mint and cassis notes dominate, but there's a healthy portion of new French oak that shows as well, adding lovely notes of baking spices and vanilla. Full-bodied and velvety in texture, it still shows enough delineation and length to please purists.
19 Points - Raymond Chan, November 2017
Full, even, black-hued red colour with slight garnet hues on the rim. The nose is softly presented with densely-packed ripe blackcurrant fruit with blackberries entwined with notes of cassis, mint and herbs, nutty and spicy oak. The depth, richness and harmony of the aromatics is impressive. Full-bodied, the palate has immensely concentrated flavours of rich, ripe and sweet blackcurrant fruit intermixed with cassis liqueur. The fruit is deep and possesses a deep core, unfolding mouthfilling flavours of blackberries, mint and herbs and aromatic oak. The fruit richness is supported by considerable tannin extraction, and moderately fine-grained textures. The mouthfeel is enlivened by the acidity, the fruit underlined by power, lending linearity. The palate carries to a long, lingering, rich and fulsome finish. This is a rich, ripe, impressively dense Cabernet Sauvignon with fulsome blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, with mint and herbs, along with fine oaking and plenty of structure. Match with roasted or grilled, herb-marinated red meat dishes and semi-hard cheeses over the next 10+ years.
92 Points – Huon Hooke, February 2018
Deep red colour with a good purple rim. The bouquet is very oak-marked, while the palate is full-bodied and firm, tight and grippy with a touch of astringency. The tannins are just a bit firm on the aftertaste, apparently from the oak. The wood is rather heavy-handed, but the wine is rich and with food the tannins melt away. Very good wine of its type.
St Kitts, Milton Park
14.5 % v/v