The First Cut Story
The principle behind our first cut wines revolves around the winemaking term ‘first cut’ in which during the pressing cycle the softer free run juice/wine is separated from the second cut or pressings. This principle flows through to the style of First Cut wines, producing wines with great drinkability well suited to be enjoyed with food or as a drink with friends.
Lifted varietal aromas of red currant, summer berries and cranberry combine with bright violet perfume and subtle spice.
The palate is medium to full bodied with bright fruits, red plum, blackcurrant and cherry balanced with oak spice and a hint of dried herbs. Lengthy tannins and a fine acid line give structure and length to the palate yielding a wine that can be enjoyed in its youth but will also develop beautifully with time.
Selected from multiple sites through the McLaren Vale region, each displaying a unique site character which integrate well to form the final blend. Willunga area offers fruit with dark berries and hints of fennel with chewy tannins, while McLaren Flat offers lifted floral notes and finer tannins. Blewitt Springs offers blueberry fruits and a delicate structure.
De-stemmed to a combination of open and static fermenters and fermented on skins for 10 days with pump overs 3 times daily. Pressed directly to oak to finish secondary fermentation. Matured for 16 months in 20% new and 80% seasoned French oak.
Region: McLaren Vale
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Dates: 7th March – 31st March
Bottling Date: 1st August 2018
Release Date: August 2018
Cellaring: Drink Now to 2027