“.. beautifully expressed.. brilliantly integrated and approachable..” 93 points Wine Orbit
Awards & Accolades: 93 points James Halliday
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- Vintage: 2016
- Region: Hilltops
- Variety: Sangiovese
- Vegan Friendly: No
- Case Size: 12
- Bottle Size:750ml
About: Our move into the world of ‘Alternate Varieties’ has not come about through vineyard expansion, but instead from a focus on reﬁnement in the vineyard.
CATO was named after Marcus Cato who ﬁrst documented viticultural theories & philosophies over 2100 years ago – that are still relevant today.
Viticulture: In 2016, we had an easy, moderate, dry year with a warm finish. Fruit ripened gently and evenly achieving excellent flavour development. There was zero disease pressure.
Wine making: Sangiovese clones were grafted onto 20yr old Riesling rootstocks in 2014. The fruit was cold soaked pre-fermentation and matured in 2-3 year old French oak barrels for 12 months.
Tasting Notes: The wine has a vibrant &attractive colour with an equally enchanting nose of red fruits and floral spice. The structure is superb with fine chewy tannins meshing with raspberries, cherries and spice. It has the hallmark characters of Moppity; great depth, refined savoury notes and seamless.