Family Reserve Wines

Reserve 'Donald's Block' Cabernet Merlot 2018

Summit ClubPrice: $82.50

James Halliday Rating: 87 Points (Bronze 2016)

The Cabernet for this wine is sourced from our oldest block of Cabernet (Donald’s Block), planted in 1968, which makes up a part of Delatite’s original plantings.


The hand picked fruit was crushed and fermented by wild yeast in open vessels with the skins being punched down three times a day to extract maximum flavour, colour and tannin. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was left on its skins for an additional ten days to further extract structural tannins before being pressed and matured in new French Oak barrels for twenty four months. The resulting wine was then blended and bottled without any fining or filtration to ensure the delicate flavours of the variety are preserved. The biodynamically grown block yields fruit with small and intensely flavoured berries that is the integral component of this wine.

*Fining agents are protein based compounds used to reduce the level of phenolics in the wine so it is vegan friendly.

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