NSW Hilltops has built its reputation on two classic varieties – cabernet sauvignon and shiraz – both grown on the FREEMAN Altura Vineyard.
FREEMAN Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is a deeply coloured elegant wine marked by ripe blackberry and mulberry aromas with hints of dark chocolate and mushroom. Released with four years bottle age, its tannin frame is balanced by ample flavour producing an integrated, mellow and persistent palate. Pure appealing cabernet from a region increasingly recognised for quality cabernet.
The Altura Vineyard encompasses a block of mature low-yielding 40-year-old cabernet vines. The 2013 season was marked by good spring rains that topped up soil moisture levels, resulting in the development of a balanced vine canopy. Thereafter it was a very dry summer with no rainfall recorded in January. This restricted yields and resulted in significant flavour concentration enhanced even further by the cool slow-ripening autumn. The grapes were harvested in early March to make this elegant cool climate cabernet.