Place: Yarra Valley - VIC
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
Honky Château is the passion project of recent Gourmet Traveller sommelier of the year Chris Ryan who can usually be found undertaking duties as head wine buyer for Cumulus Inc.
Cabernet and Syrah coming off the same vineyard in Kangaroo ground picked in early April. Cabernet all destemmed and Syrah mainly destemmed, fermented separately. Wild ferment, some punchdowns early on for the cabernet but otherwise letting them both hang out til dryness for about two weeks. Gravity to old barrels. Blending by barrel selection in September and returned to barrels before adding sulfur and bottling in January
Australia's iconic blend that has largely been overlooked in Victoria. Reunited at last. Leafy, Ribeena cool climate cabernet aromatics with a fist pump of spicy syrah. Decant to impress.