Nugan Estate SV Stomper’s Cabernet 2013
Brilliant ruby. Tight, sharply focused nose displays scents of blackberry, cassis, graphite and mint, lifted by a lavender topnote. Dense yet lively on the palate, offering intense dark fruit flavors that become sweeter with air. Supple tannins frame the incisive finish, which lingers with very good fruit-driven intensity.
90 pts Vinous
Brilliant ruby. Fresh, spice-tinged dark berries and cherry on the nose, with notes of floral oils and cured tobacco adding complexity. Bright cherry and blackcurrant flavors show good depth as well as vivacity, with a jolt of black pepper adding spicy bite. Finishes floral and gently sweet, leaving a hint of candied rose behind. — Josh Raynolds
90 pts James Suckling
A bright and fruity cabernet with cherry and nut aromas and flavors. Medium to full body. Clean finish. Outstanding everyday cabernet. Drink now.
Our cabernet vineyard requires more work than the shiraz and it’s become a favorite for the birds as the bunches ripen. Stomper has his hands full indeed. We work hard to stress the soils and slow down the ripening of the cabernet because it helps achieve the flavors we like so much. Darren Owers our winemaker, reckons our cabernet is the best in the region and praises Stomper for the world he does in the vineyard. Our fruit is destemmed and pressed before going through a lengthy cold soaking. After fermentation, we macerate on the skins for about 10 days to extract soft tannins and deep, rich flavors. There’s never any short cuts on the barrel program and this wine sees only French oak, of which 25% is new. Since there are several different parcels on the vineyard and they’re always kept separate throughout the entire process, putting the final blend together takes several days and is a major team effort. We’re really proud of this and hope you like it.