75% Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from our ‘House on the Hill’ and ‘Horse Paddock’ Vineyards here in Stonewell and 25% Shiraz Sourced from the 'Horse Paddock', 'House on the Hill' and 'Stone Well Hill' Vineyards
Total production 1200 bottles
After the lets say ‘Challenging’ previous year, 2012 was a bloody relief. The up side of a wet year followed by a proper winter and a great spring was that the vines were beautifully set in the 2012 growing season. Both Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz ripened to perfection and in line with my evolving philosophy of what I want to see in glass. We picked earlier than many (in an effort to capture ascendant peak ripeness) and were rewarded with Lithe sexy ferments packed full of flavour but without clunky overripe heaviness. The 2013 Alexander’s Reward Cabernet Shiraz was created from small batch parcels drawn from Sand, Loam and Clay from both our Stone Well Hill and Stelzer Road Vineyards Cabernet and Shiraz vines. Each batch was hand plunged three times a day during ferment before being basket pressed after a total of 35-35 days on skins. The wine was filled with full lees to a mix of old and new American and French Oak for 30 months maturation. After final blending, 1200 bottles were filled of the 2013 Alexander’s Reward Cabernet Shiraz. Team david Franz have as always finished the bottle with the hand printed love we would never let it leave home without.
Deep dense red with hints of purple lingering around the meniscus.
spearmint perfume layered over cassis and redcurrant and summer berries. lifted vanilla oak blends back and is filled out with the complexity of the spicy French giving an beautifully balanced nose
he initial richness of the fully raspberry characters are poised against the spearmint menthol over finely balanced against firm oak and fruit Tannins. Good acid against the fruit sweetness, cleanses the mouth for a beautifully balanced palate The middle palate is full of the of the big berry hit of Cabernet supported by the leathery richness of Shiraz. The long palate finishes with the deep bass complexity brought out by extended lees contact.
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