When Hilde and Ian (Duke) Ranson sold their clothing manufacturing business in 1998, they were able to fulfil a long-held dream of establishing a vineyard in the Porongurup subregion of Great Southern with the acquisition of a 65ha farm at the foot of the Porongurup Range. They planted shiraz and cabernet sauvignon and riesling. Hilde, a successful artist, designed the beautiful, scalloped, glasswalled cellar door sales area, with its mountain blue cladding. The appointment of Rob Diletti as winemaker will, if it were possible, increase the quality of the wines.
The cooler 2019 vintage has given rise to this gloriously elegant and layered cabernet. Unbelievably vibrant and saturated in colour; almost luminescent fuchsia. Pomegranate and raspberry on the nose - the palate is concentrated and elegant with abundant dark berries and spice, chalky tannins and a core of pastille fruit. Gorgeous stuff. Price: $30.00; Drink to: 2040; Date Tasted: Oct 2020; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 95 Points; Erin Larkin; James Halliday Wine Companion
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