2014 Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2014 growing season was warm yet moderate—steady and very manageable from a viticultural standpoint. After a fairly dry winter, Mother Nature provided some much-needed rain early in the season, with our Spottswoode Estate Vineyard receiving a total of 17½ inches. This well-timed precipitation supported the growth of strong, vigorous vines, and we worked to bring fruit loads and vegetation into balance using natural cultivation practices, organic cover crops, and canopy adjustments.
Harvest came early, and our new destemmer, vibrating shaker table, and four-camera optical sorting system allowed us to keep pace with the harvest and ensured only the most pristine fruit was used in the winery. The wines of 2014 developed beautifully in the fermenter, showing impeccable balance, excellent weight and density, and lovely overall harmony. This is a beautiful vintage that is neither heavy nor lacking, ripe but not overripe, warm and enticing, and layered and dynamic with nuance and character.