The Smidge Houdini McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon in the glass the colour is rich and deep with a red/magenta rim. The nose immediately has blackcurrants with chocolate and a hint of fine tobacco, and spice.
Once on the palate this wine is full of rich and juicy fruit from start to finish with flavours of plum and berries. This generous fruit blends with cedar notes and chocolate spice, driving a long and balanced finish.
This Cabernet was sourced from an immaculate vineyard in the Willunga area to the South of McLaren Vale. The vines on the block are approximtely 30 years old, and yields averaged 3 tonnes to the acre, and all have a red clay soil profile.
Fermentation was even and on average lasted roughly 9 days with a maximum temperature of 28oC. Total time on skins was 16 days. Upon pressing, the free run and pressings were blended to tank. After 24 hours, the wine was racked to 2-4 year old French barriques for 12 months, during which malolactic fermentation occurred and the wines were racked twice. Prior to bottling the batches were blended and fined, but not filtered.