Konpira Maru Icarus Cabernet Merlot 2017
The Icarus Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2017 is a real risk reward wine for us. Making a Cabernet, especially one from one of the coolest climate vineyards on mainland Victoria is fraught with danger. However, the epic hang-time the berries get in Kilmore, nearly 9 months, means green aromatics are rare and a nice balanced Cabernet can be produced. With this one we co-fermented the two varieties after a 7 day cold soak, and then it was left to macerate for 10 days following primary ferment. The wine showed epic quinine and blueberry throughout ferment and they are still in evidence now but less pronounced, just one part of what is a really delicious wine. Really happy with how this one turned out.