Amherst Chinese Gardens Cabernet 2017
1 or more bottles$28.00
Amherst distinguishes its exceptional vintages, naming them after regional folklore, such as the ancient Chinese market gardens, which dispensed fresh produce to the gold fields of yesteryear. Hand-picked fruit, wild yeast fermented, basket pressed, 25% new French oak. This is classic Pyrenees Cabernet with lashings of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit characters, mint and restrained oak influences. There was no 2018 vintage produced.
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About the brand Amherst Winery
Norman and Elizabeth Jones planted the 2-hectare Dunn’s Paddock Shiraz vineyard in 1989, and Amherst Winery was born. They followed this up by planting 1.5 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and half a hectare of Chardonnay in 1998. The winery sits 20 kilometres southeast of Avoca in Western Victoria’s beautiful Pyrenees wine region. Both Norm’s grandparents and his great-grandparents had farmed the land at Amherst, and when Norm got the chance to buy some of it in the 1970s, he seized the opportunity to hold on to a bit of the family heritage. Today, second-generation vigneron Luke Jones owns and operates the business, carrying on the tradition of high-quality, small-batch winemaking. Even as a teenager, Luke was involved in the vineyards, helping to plant them, and has played a part in nearly every vintage since then. Luke spent 15 years in the wine industry in hospitality, retail, and wholesale sales, also earning a diploma in Wine Science. In 2008, he took over winemaking duties at Amherst. Since its first commercial release of Shiraz in 1995, Amherst has gained a reputation for elegant, cool-climate, handcrafted wines that wow both critics and wine lovers, also achieving a five-star winery rating in the Halliday Wine Companion. The winery’s range includes such wines as Dunn's Paddock Shiraz; Chinese Gardens Cabernet Sauvignon; Rachel's Rosé; and Daisy Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Shiraz Cabernet.