The Hills Ensemble
We have three Cabernet Sauvignon and one Shiraz vineyard of approximately 0.75 hectare each. The vineyards are established on deep, well drained weathered granite soils and are generally located on north-east facing slopes. The vineyards are trellised and the canopies managed throughout the season to ensure optimum phenolic ripeness of the grapes. Supplementary drip irrigation is applied. The crops are reduced to between 6 and 10 tons per hectare respectively by suckering soon after bud burst, followed by one ‘green harvest’ later in the year. This contributes to the intense flavours of the wine.
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Shiraz 40%
Winemaking: Separate fermentation of the two cultivars with selected yeasts in semi-open fermentation vats. Made in a classic, low intervention manner without extended maceration. Matured for 24 months in new, second and third fill French Oak barrels, racked at intervals as necessary. The two cultivars were blended and polished with a very light egg white fining.
Colour: Opaque with bright purple rim
Aroma: Ripe red fruit and chocolate aromas backed up by hints of cedar and spice from the French Oak
Palate: This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz brings out the best of the two cultivars. A well balanced wine with grainy tannins that will continue to soften. Fresh red fruit and ripe plum flavours dominate, with hints of chocolate, tobacco, black pepper and cedar.
Good to drink now but will continue to improve over the next 6 – 8 years.
- Ensemble 2013 (CS 60% / SH 40%)
- Ensemble 2011 (CS 60% / SH 40 %)
- Ensemble 2010 (CS 60% / SH 40%)
- Ensemble 2009 (CS 60% / SH 40%)
- Ensemble 2010 (CS 60% / SH 40%) – WineStyle People’s Choice – Silver Award
- Ensemble 2009 (CS 60% / SH 40%) – WineStyle People’s Choice – Gold Award
Ensemble 2008 – 3 stars
Ensemble 2010 – 3 stars
Ensemble 2011 – 3 stars
Ensemble 2013 – 3.5 stars
Ensemble 2014 – see Platter’s 2018