“The Story Behind The Name
The High Trellis vineyard was planted in the late 19th century and received its nickname because in the 1890’s its vines were first at d’Arenberg to be trained above knee height. Over the past four decades, Cabernet Sauvignon from the High Trellis vineyard has been released under the d’Arenberg label to consistent critical acclaim. Indeed the first to be exhibited, won the coveted Jimmy Watson trophy at the 1969 Melbourne Wine Show, something of which d’Arry Osborn constantly reminds his son and fourth generation winemaker, Chester Osborn.
The nose is perfumed, juicy and ripe with fresh blackberry dominant before a complex background emerges of fresh mint and an earthy character reminiscent of summer rain.
The palate is tight and focused with varietal blackcurrant forming the core. Given time to breathe, raspberry and blueberry emerge along with coffee bean and cocoa notes that are well balanced by the cedar character of the subtle toasty oak.
Fruit is certainly the star of this wine, showing wonderfully concentrated varietal characters and lively acidity with dusty, gritty fruit tannins providing a long finish.
Walking the vineyard rows and tasting grapes, Chester Osborn classifies and determines the ideal picking time for each individual vineyard.
Small batches are crushed in the Demoisy open-mouthed, rubber toothed crusher and then transferred to five tonne headed-down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending.
Foot treading is undertaken near the end of fermentation followed by gentle basket pressing. The wine is then transferred to a mixture of new and old French and old American oak and large casks to complete primary and secondary fermentation. The barrel fermented component is aged on lees for added complexity with no racking until final blending.
Chester and the winemaking team undertake an extensive barrel tasting process to determine the final blend. The High Trellis does not undertake fining or filtration prior to bottling.