In recognition of my father Gordon, for the vision to establish Granite Hills, and his ardor for Cabernet Sauvignon.
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Cabernet Franc (20%) Merlot (10%) made from hand harvested grapes grown on low-cropping 40-year-old vines, utilizing small pot fermentation, followed by maturation in French and American oak barrels for three years.
One of the best vintages in recent times, this wine leads with the ripe fragrance of Cabernet Franc followed by the deeper blackcurrant fruit of Cabernet Sauvignon and warm spicy cedar oak.
The palate is full and softly textured, with ripe berry fruit and chocolate flavours, framed by smooth mature tannins.
If there is ever an endorsement for the virtues of cool climate viticulture for the classical Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot than this is it. The wine is named after Llew Knights father Gordon. The wine has been held back in bottle for 5 years prior to release and has allowed the wine to develop a wonderfully complex nose of blackberry, violets and graphite with a haunting array of cigar box like spice. The palate has a firm backbone of both acid and tannin, with Cabernet Franc in particular shining through with it’s black liquorice and tar that works in concert with blackberry and blackcurrant. Oak gives a dusting of spice and supple richness to the wine. The finish has incredible length of cassis and understated spice – Patrick Eckel, Wine journalist