Squitchy Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
According to the label, this wine is sourced from the producer’s oldest cabernet vines, planted 35 years ago. That means they just scrape their way into official old vine status. A tightly-framed cabernet, there is not so much an obvious Yarra Valley plushness of fruit, as there is potential for a deep richness to be delivered in the future. Right now, it’s in thinking mode, getting everything together, building a future in the glass. Rhubarb, sour cherry, black plum scents rise from the glass with a touch of smoked meats and charcuterie. Some interesting oak input here brings a lightly savoury context to the wine. Leafy notes aplenty across the palate; green herbs, plum, black fruits, capsicum and pencil shavings oak still all coming together. Give it time.