2017 Forres Blend
Variety: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Cabernet Franc
Region: Hilltops and Hunter Valley
Vineyard: Freeman and Peter Drayton Vineyard
Colour is dense red-crimson with a bright hue of blue-purple.
On the aroma, Cabernet Sauvignon is sovereign, an aromatic cascade of blackberry with cassis-like intensity and depth, brightened with the characteristic Cabernet Franc flair of raspberry and herb-like aromas of lavender and gun-smoke.
Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the palate too with glossy back fruit richness of significant depth, contributing delicious tannins that deliver gravelly persistence and structure.
Cabernet Franc adds its distinguished flair from start to finish, lifting the palate as it does the aroma, gifting hints of raspberry and pomegranate and then herb fumé with its authentic bright lightness.
The 2017 Forres Bend is all about a perfect Cabernet partnership delivering true fruit harmony and expression, uniting the aristocratic richness of Cabernet Sauvignon with vibrant Cabernet Franc energy.
Drink: Now to 2029.
Food Match: Venison, gamey meats and lamb