The cabernet was planted along with the Shiraz in 1969. Harvested at the end of April, the Halls Gap Estate Fallen Giants Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon block is very low yielding producing 1.4 tonne to the acre.
The Cabernet was fermented in open fermenters with a long cold soak and extended maceration. Plunging was done twice a day ensuring nice colour and fine tannin.
It has crystal clear cassis varietal fruit on it’s bouquet and palate, with touches of briar and black olive wound through in conjunction with tannins and cedary oak.
– James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016
Halls Gap Estate was planted in 1969 on the eastern slopes of the Grampians ranges in Western Victoria. For a long time a grower for Seppelts and Penfolds, the vineyard was purchased by the late great Trevor Mast in the mid 1990’s and subsequently became a Mount Langi Ghiran vineyard.
In 2014 it was purchased by Aaron Drummond (half of Circe Wines) and a new chapter has begun. High elevation, old vines and ancient rocky soils have kept yields low but always delivered incredible quality. 23 acres under vine with a predominance of Shiraz, but a small paddock of old Riesling and Cabernet. The Single vineyard wines of the Estate are labelled Fallen Giants in reference to the dreamtime stories about the creation of the mountains.