2018 A. Rodda Tête de Cuvée - Beechworth Victoria
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In traditional usage, “Tête de Cuvée” refers to the wine of the highest quality.
Sourced from the Smith’s Vineyard in Beechworth, fruit was selected from the top 10 rows of the North-East facing Cabernet Sauvignon block and the small, low yielding Merlot block. In the best growing seasons, the resulting blend is elevated to the Tête de Cuvée release.
"Intense characters of blackberries, dark plums and mocha are heightened by aromas of violets and wild flowers. Savour, fine-grained tannins frame the structure then deep-seated dark berry characters flow across the palate providing a finish that is tightly focused yet fine, elegant and exceptionally long. Will reward cellaring."
"75/24/2% cabernet sauvignon /merlot/petit verdot. Hand-picked fruit, destemmed and crushed, held on skins for 18 days, pressed to French oak barriques (50% new) for 12 months then racked to old 600L oak casks for a further 8 months. Tête de Cuvée refers to a wine of the highest quality. Celebrating a top vintage with a new reserve wine, it is unusual (and quietly exciting) to see a quality cabernet blend out of Beechworth. Offers a tight-knit wine, a mere youngster still, firm in dry, grainy tannins, smart oak and serious, dark fruit flavours. It’s varietally on point, well balanced and assured of a big future."
94 Points – Jeni Port - Halliday Wine Companion