Byron and Harold The Partners Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
Really impressive stuff here and a great advertisement for how good Great Southern Cabernet can be – I loved it. Machine harvesting here with the fruit destemmed and crushed into static fermenters for a couple of days cold soaking. Twice daily pumpovers, then pressing into barrel for malolactic fermentation followed by 18 months of maturation in French oak.
The colour is maroon/bruised plum. Notes of cigar boxes, brambles, dark berries, chocolate, blackberries, spices and even an intriguing hint of orange rind – a really appealing nose. This is still young but has such good focus. Balanced and long, it lingers beautifully. This has a decade ahead of it and so much to like.