2017 house of bricks cabernet sauvignon
high on the hills on the western side of orange sits the famous cargo road vineyard. just outside the cellar door there is a thirty year old dry grown cabernet vineyard which is capable of making a truly lovely perfumed yet powerful style of cabernet.
drinking straight cabernet is often like riding a pushbike down railway tracks…
you need a splash of Merlot for flesh and petit verdot for colour and structure.
anyhow, I digress. the merlot is also from cargo road and the merlot vineyard is planted in such a way that it looks like a continuation of the cabernet. the petit verdot is from mclaren vale.
this is one of those lovely wines that has everything going on which will also reward a decade or more in the bottle if you choose to cellar it.
as a young wine the nose is all chocolate, blackcurrant and red berries. over time the blackcurrant will get more pronounced and tobacco/cigar box characters will come through.