‘King Billy’ Cabernet Sauvignon
This is our fourth release of King Billy, a wine many years in the making! Our best parcels of Cabernet from the most mature vines from the Windy Hill and Langton vineyards, were selected as being suitable for our reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Once it went to barrel, there was a further assessment with four of the very best barriques being designated as ‘King Billy’ material. It matured for 16 months in French oak (two x new barriques; two x once used) before bottling in February 2016. It was then allowed to mature in bottle for just over 3 ½ years before being labelled for release. Extended maturation in bottle rather than in oak has ensured that this wine has retained its vibrant fruit while developing its secondary characters and still has further capacity for cellaring.
Very youthful looking with a deep, dark crimsony red colour.
As a 5 year old wine our King Billy is amazingly fresh and vibrant on the nose. It has rich aromas of fresh satsuma plum and smoky dark berries, complexed by a hint of black tea character.
This is a very well flavoured and very well integrated wine. The dark berry fruit flavours are deep and concentrated and still very vibrant. It has a great richness through the mid palate while still displaying a fineness and superb length of flavour that is an intrinsic character of Mt Barker grown Cabernet Sauvignon. The tasty, complex berry fruit flavours are complemented by the French oak and, together with its delicate acidity and beautifully fine, slightly chalky tannins, they combine seamlessly in this wine.
Our 2014 King Billy is superb now while still a young wine though will surely reward further cellaring, certainly 10 years +.