The 2007 vintage was ideal for Cabernet based blends with a long, mild summer ensuring good fruit and tannin ripeness. Cooler weather meant longer hang time and slower ripening. The crop was very healthy due to the ever present prevailing south easterly sea breezes. The fruit from each vineyard was harvested in small lots and fermented separately to monitor vineyard expression.
The Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on low yielding, predominantly biotite partially decomposed granite gravel topsoil rich in quartz and feldspar to a depth of approximately 600mm with a loamy clay subsoil.
The Merlot vineyards are planted on more clay rich, yet well drained soils to ensure moisture retention and availability to the vine roots right through the summer. There are considerable deposits of iron-rich Laterite in the Merlot vineyards which accentuates the fruit definition and mineral profile of the wine.
The Cabernet Franc Vineyard is situated on a very well drained, stony Vilafontes soil with approximately 20% clay which is ideal for this variety.