The Menzies, our sole Coonawarra vineyard, is in the heart of the Coonawarra terra rossa country. The defining terroir difference between vineyards in the Coonawarra comes from the soil composition; our soil is red sandy loam over limestone which is perfect for classic Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Menzies is made by small batch winemaking maintaining the integrity of each 8 tonne harvest parcel through vinification and early maturation. The grapes are crushed to small static fermenters and the liberation of colour and tannin is controlled either by plunging the skins, irrigating the fermenting wine over the cap or draining all the wine from the skins then flooding it back. Selected parcels are given extended skin contact before pressing. The final blend was assembled in November 2008 and was given a total of 22 months in oak before bottling in March 2010.
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