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Single Vineyard Prison Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

The Prison Block gets its name from a three-quarter-hectare section in our “Gimblett Stones” vineyard behind Roys Hill originally earmarked for the Hawke’s Bay Regional Correctional Facility. The Clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon vines now planted there produce tiny berries with intense colour, concentrated/complex flavours, ripe tannins and balanced acidity; all the hallmarks necessary to produce a wine worthy of a single vineyard release.



Region: Hawke's Bay, NZ

Vineyard Appellation: Gimblett Gravels

Vineyard: Gimblett Stones

Varietal Mix

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest Detail

Picked: 14 April 2019

Bottling Detail

Alc. 14.0%

TA 5.8 g/L

pH: 3.92

RS: 0.19 g/L

Bottled September 2019

Winemaking & Viticulture

Hand harvested fruit was destemmed to obtain 100% whole berries and transferred to a small open-top fermenter. A portion of the berries were crushed by foot to release some juice, inoculated with yeast, with the resultant fermenting must gently plunged twice per day to extract colour and tannin. After 19 days on skins the wine was pressed, allowed to settle in tank, then transferred to new 225-litre French oak barriques to complete malolactic fermentation. After 17 months in oak the wine was racked out of barrel and bottled at the winery in September 2019 with no fining or filtration

The Wine

A youthful, dark purple/magenta colour paves way to intense aromas of ripe blackberries and blackcurrants, complemented by a beautiful floral perfume and hints of fresh cedar, vanilla and toast.

The wine is rich and concentrated in the mouth yet retains the elegance, structure and restraint so characteristic of great Cabernet Sauvignon. Pure black fruit flavours, savoury oak, fine-grained tannins and succulent acidity combine to produce an exquisitely balanced, seamless, textural palate with an exceptionally long finish.

An astonishing wine of power and poise that will reward

cellaring for up to 15 years.

Drink 2020 to 2035

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