Our aged Cabernet vines on the Opera Block thrived in 2016’s immaculate ripening and growing conditions to produce intensely-flavoured fruit. This full-bodied premium wine exhibits lovely rich berries on the bouquet that translate to a huge mouthful of red berries on the palate. Toasty French oak meets with soft earthy tannins to finish each delectable gulp!
Cabernet Sauvignon 100%, Ballandean Estate fruit
DRINK WITH …
Our single vineyard Cabernet’s ripe red fruits, tannic structure and herbaceous notes will make hearty rich dishes sing. Serve with your favourite steak, beef and lamb stews, braised ribs, or your best Sunday roast.
Colour Deep ruby, high density
Nose Vibrant red berries and chocolate oak
Palate Savoury, Full-bodied, well-structured with juicy red berries and fine tannins integrating with light oak
Cellaring potential Drink now to 10 years
Winemaker Dylan Rhymer
Viticulturist Angelo Puglisi
The fruit was handpicked in April 2016, then crushed, destemmed and cold soaked. After a long fermentation, the wine was aged for 12 to14 months in reserve French oak barrels that are one to three years of age. Minimal filtration and no fining required.
The combination of cool weather and decomposed granite soils produces outstanding Cabernet fruit on the Granite Belt. Ballandean Estate Founder Angelo Puglisi recognised this potential and planted the Opera Block Cabernet vines in 1975, which have been lovingly nurtured for many years. This vigorous variety produces a lot of fruit, but we the cropping level by thinning before flowering. Our cool nights are excellent for acidity.