Region: Pyrenees, VIC
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
The Shay’s Flat Vineyard is situated on an elevated picturesque ridge in the heart of the Pyrenees. A distinctly Australian setting with the vineyard surrounded by wheat paddocks, bushland and scrub. The 20+ year old vines are rooted deep into mineral rich shale, quartz and mudstone soils, growing powerful, yet detailed fruit. I have a distinct soft spot for the Cabernet wines produced in the 70’s and 80’s by the pioneering wineries of Central and Western Victoria, many of which seem ageless even now.
The first vintage of this wine. Intense dark cherry and cassis, mulberry, lavender and black olive, flecked with wild herbs and a alluring graphite and cedar complexity. A refined palate leads with plush fruit, before a rumble of fine, layers tannin and cleansing acidity with a persistent trail of graphite, dark cocoa and Dutch liquorice. This bottling opens wonderfully in the glass and decanter and I am incredibly excited to see its development in bottle. - Notes from Joshua Cooper