You know what they say, never underestimate a dark horse.
The Three Dark Horses are winemaker Matt Broomhead, Dad Alan and 92 year old Grandad Frank. They’re all about the family and that includes their grape growers, a bit like extended family. So when Matt got off the blower to a distressed McLaren Vale grape grower, left high and dry by one of the big boys who bought his Shiraz fruit but not the Cabernet, the Three Dark Horses stepped in to help.
The fermenters were full and there was no spare oak lying around, all things that could be fixed. A week and a few phone calls later and Matt had the fruit, from 25 year old vines, basket pressed into French and American oak.
As Matt said, “The result was everything we hoped for. A great little “one off” Cabernet wine from a single vineyard. Delivered at a great price. The grower, as well as all of us at Three Dark Horses, couldn’t be happier. We hope you enjoy this special offering…”
And did we enjoy it? We bloody loved it. And so did the judges at the 2017 NZ International Wine Show, headed by Master of Wine Bob Campbell, who not only awarded it Gold but went on to judge it as the Trophy winner for Champion Cabernet!
They called it “A delicious Cabernet full of blackberry, thyme and chocolate with cedar aromas. A beautifully weighted palate that delivers excellent fruit intensity and a long luxuriant finish.” We actually thought this was a Shiraz lover’s Cabernet. Seriously, seriously good and with only 400 cases available in the NZ market this horse is gonna bolt it in no time.
Grab yourself a case while you can. Heck, make it two. Or three. This is one of the most delicious Aussie reds we’ve tried all year. You’ll thank yourself later (like, 5 years later when it hits its recommended cellaring time).