Situated in the heart of the cool climate Mount Benson region, the Norfolk Rise Vineyard is planted on 180 hectares of undulating coastal hills. Within 5 kilometres of the ocean at 37 degrees south of the equator, our Cabernet Sauvignon is planted on near perfect “Terra Rossa” soils, providing an ideal level of nutrient and water retention. The grapes were selectively harvested from our vineyards from mid-March to early April. The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards were low yielding and monitored daily for ripeness leading up to harvest. A clean growing season and maritime breezes allowed for grapes of the highest quality to be picked. The grapes were then de-stemmed, crushed and transferred to fermentation tanks where the wine was held on skins for a few days post ferment to increase aroma intensity. Following pressing, the wine was racked into French oak barriques for approximately 16 months.
High concentration of casis and limestone with subtle leafy aromas make it a very easy quaffer
Norfolk Rise is the best-kept secret of South Australia, with the vineyard in Mount Benson only planted in 2000, and the first vintage off the estate bottled in 2002. From a most underrated region that offers a unique combination of free-draining limestone soil profiles and cool maritime breezes that produce wines of exceptional quality and complexity. If the region was perhaps less remote, you'd imagine it could be a superstar, and Norfolk Rise would be the headliner. Don't miss the Shiraz, Pinot Grigio and Cabernet Sauvignon here.