2017 Ovens Crossing
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2017 Ovens Crossing

2017 Ovens Crossing


“This is harmonious, pulsing with beautiful cool-climate fruit. It’s a mix of flavours from cherries and plums to an array of alpine herbs, spices and cedar from the oak- French barriques (50% new) aged for 11 months [then blended and returned to older oak for a further 11 months.] Fuller-bodied but not heavy. Very detailed tannins and it’s a delicious drink that will reward more with ageing.” Drink to 2030.


96 points 2020 Halliday Wine Companion

Released September 2019


The 2017 vintage was one from the heavens across north east Victoria.


Good winter and spring rainfall restored river flows and replenished underground water systems, leading into a cool and dry summer without massive temperature extremes. Harvest was 2-3 weeks later than an “average’ year and the longer hang time and milder temperatures produced pure-fruited, finely structured and super elegant wines across the board.


The mild, dry days and cold nights throughout the ripening season, provided perfect conditions for ripening Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, the two heroes of this gorgeous blend- allowing aromas to intensify and tannins to mature whilst still retaining natural acidity.


This unique blend of estate produced Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon is made in limited volumes from exceptional vintages.


Hand-picked parcels of low-cropping Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested just 8 days apart in the last two weeks of March 2017 and were chilled and cold soaked before undergoing natural yeast fermentation in small open fermenters.  Basket pressed just prior to dryness to finish fermentation and MLF in French oak barriques- 50% new for 11 months before blending, then returned to older oak for a further 11 months.


A deep, dark and brooding wine that will express itself more fully in time.


Wafts of cocoa nibs and dusty cigar box wrap a core of dark, ripe fruit. Black cherry, cassis, sarsaparilla and a lovely dried herb fragrance lift as it slowly reveals its allure. Medium in weight, balance is everything as the tannins weave a seamless dance, sinewy but firm and tongue coating.


Truly a gorgeous wine with enormous cellaring potential.  Just 100 dozen made


Drink 2021-2030.


Bottled February 2019


Bottled under screw cap



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Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 50 × 31.5 × 10 mm

1 Case, 2 Cases, 3 Cases