The 2017 growing season was one of extremes. The year began with a welcome wet winter after a five-year drought, only to be followed by hail in June and a very hot summer. Catastrophic wildfires broke out in early October, the day after picking had finished for the Estate fruit.
In spite of the weather extremes, the 2017 Spottswoode is an honest expression of the estate, attributed to the resilience of the Estate Vineyard. This resilience is a function of long-term responsible stewardship of the land, which is farmed with the greatest sensitivity, intentionally building health into the entire system.
Youthful energy and concentration take center stage for the 2017. Quintessential notes of brambly blue fruit and graphite complement warm oak spices and hints of plum, celery seed, and cocoa powder. A weighty and compelling core lead to a layered depth that will follow this wine through the long and dynamic life that it is destined for.
Steaks, beef, lamb, red sauce pasta, risotto, and sharp cheese
Third Party Reviews
Made of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple in color and prances out of the glass with vivacious blackberries, crushed black cherries, warm black currants and red currant jelly scents plus exotic hints of cassia, cardamom, fenugreek and star anise with a waft of underbrush. Medium-bodied, the palate has fantastic energy and beautiful poise, with bags of bright, crunchy black and red fruit plus a firm, fine-grained texture, finishing long and spicy. 97+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate , October 31, 2019