2010 Blue Cutting Road Cabernet Merlot
In the late 1890's the Blue Cutting Road was hand dug by Polish settlers whilst waiting for gainful employment. Blue Cutting Road is situated in the area known today as the Polish Hill River region of the Clare Valley. Not only does this road remain a usable summer bush track connecting two main roads, it dissects the two vineyards that provide valuable, flavoursome fruit for a range of O'Leary Walker wines.
Much of the settlers' influences have filtered throughout the beautiful Clare Valley and many of the fruits of their labours are still evident today. We pay homage to their enduring qualities with this wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon 90% Merlot 10%
Martin Smith - Blue Cutting Road Vineyard
These varieties are blended at the crusher and co-fermented in 2 and 4 Tonne open fermenters. The batches are fermented using natural yeast and hand plunged to maximise colour, tannins and flavour.
Post ferment, racked to 1 and 2 year old French oak hogsheads to mature and complete malo-lactic fermentation.
Racked to tank and filtered prior to bottling.
pH 3.27 TA 7.45 ALC 14.8%
Nick Walker, David O'Leary, Keeda Zilm
Brilliant plum red with deep purple hues
Forest fruits, violets, rich mulberry and spice. Complex with hints of French oak and cassis.
Rich juicy palate with dark forest fruits, blueberry and mulberry. Mocha and spice from the use of French oak. Great balance and long juicy tannins.
This food friendly wine will be a good match with chicken, steak, duck, lamb, cold meats and antipasto
Ready to be enjoyed now, this wine will benefit with a further 7-10 years cellaring