The 2004 vintage was always destined to create wines that would blossom in the cellar to become Australian classics. Strong winter rainfall and a wet and warm spring ensured that vines grew vigorously and set a healthy, full crop of fruit. After a hot December, the weather became mild and the vines thrived with little heat stress to contend with. A searing heat wave in February was countered by the thick leaf canopy provided by the Avon Brae vines, ensuring minimal damage from sunburn. March provided warm days and cold nights, ensuring almost perfect fruit ripening conditions. The 2004 Eden Hall vintage produced elegant, fruit driven wines with perfect aging potential.
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark ruby-colored with aromas of cedar, saddle leather, cassis, and black currants. Smooth textured and ripe, the wine is nicely structured with enough soft tannin to allow 3-5 years of further development. Drink it through 2024.