2020 FONTAINE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
For us, the Fontaine wines represent the full breadth of the Yarra Valley by sourcing from a range of vineyards in both the northern and southern ends of the Valley. The sites are all north facing for maximum sunshine and are generally clay based soils with broken sandstone, allowing for excellent water retention. This enables the vines to handle summer drought and consistently deliver Cabernet Sauvignon that is concentrated yet elegant; as well as juicy with soft, silky tannins.
A mild spring with later than average budburst set the scene for the cool growing season. Summer began dry but remained mild - in the end the season brought everything together albeit much later than the previous year and gave us a wine that resulted in a really classic Yarra style of Cabernet - restrained, juicy with with fine tannins. We strive for drinkability through elegance, and the season came through to help deliver exactly that.
85% Cabernet Sauvignon,12% Merlot, 2% Malbec, and 1% Cabernet Franc. Everything is picked and sorted by mechanical sorting line, then de-stemmed and fermented at a relatively cool temperature to accentuate the aromatics and brightness. The wine spent 20 days on skins, before being moved to French oak barrels, of which 20% are new and then aged for 14 months prior to bottling.