The Stickleback blend is chosen for optimum flavour and texture, with each variety bringing a unique character to the wine.
Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 46% Shiraz 44%
Grenache 5% Merlot 5%
Region: South Australia: Langhorne Creek 100%,
Fresh and dark in colour, Stickleback Red shares hints of herb and spice to compliment obvioius black fruit characters of plum and blackcurrant.
The Stickleback blend varies each year to align with the best each vintage has to offer. Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz give richness, texture and structure.
Grenache and Merlot offer hints of white pepper and plump plummy fruit.
Food suggestions: This supple and subtle crowd pleaser is one of the most versatile and food friendly wines we make. You will be hard pressed to find a dish that won't play nicely with it.
Each batch was fermented on skins for 5 days before pressing. Malolactic fermentation in 2 and 3-year-old oak barrels. All ferments were kept cool to enhance the aromatics and to keep the tannins soft.
2013 is a gentle year that has yielded wines of great potential. A dry lead up to harvest led to a frantic run between early February and late March, getting all the fruit in at the right time. Cabernet is the dominant voice in this year's chorus, but the backing singers are top notch.
Maturation vessel: 100% oak
Oak type: French & American
Age of barrels: 2-3 years
Time in barrel: 12 months
Age of vines: 15-20 years
Vineyard yields: 7.5t/ha (3.2t/acre)
Released: August 2015
Optimum drinking: 2016-2020
Suitable for vegans: Yes