Melba Reserve 1998

Appearance: Dense red with rich purple hues.

Bouquet: Intense concentrated blackberry fruit with cedary oak.

Palate: Full ripe fruit flavours with complex oak, rich soft tannins and a concentrated palate finishing with exceptional length and richness.

Recommended Cuisine: Serve with roast rib or fillet of beef.

Cellaring: This wine will mature and age extremely well over the next 8 - 10 years under good cellaring conditions.

Wine Analysis:
Alcohol : 13.5 %             
pH : 3.56
TA : 6.2g/L

Winemaker’s Comments: The 1998 Melba was made from the best parcels of Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  A hot dry season resulted in low cropping levels with an average of 2.2 tonnes to the acre.
Each parcel of fruit brought into the winery was fermented separately and the exceptional parcels were run off at the end of fermentation into new oak barriques. Because of the lower cropping levels, the fruit was more concentrated in flavour with full bodied structure and richness allowing the wine to be matured for 22 months in new French oak barriques prior to bottling in March 2000.   

Gold Medal
2003 International Wine & Spirit Competition, Class 00
1999 Rutherglen Wine Show, Class 26
Silver Medal
1999 Melbourne Wine Show, Class 19
1999 Cowra Wine Show, Class 20
1998 Victorian Wine Show, Class 8
First Class
2000 Southern Victorian Wine Show - Wicket Insurance Broking Trophy - Best Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Class 13b
Magazine Rating
2003 93 points - Top of 2003 Wine Access, 22 January 2003
2003 93 points. Anthony Gismondi, 22 January 2003
Special Award
2001 International Wine & Spirit Competition, Class 1A
Other Vintages:  2012 : 2008 : 2007 : 2006 : 1995 : 1997 : 1994 : 1999