The High Trellis vineyard is one of the last d’Arenberg vineyards to ripen
and produces a Cabernet Sauvignon with wonderful varietal characters and
an abundance of flavour.
The High Trellis vineyard was planted in the late 19th century and received its nickname
because in the 1890’s its vines were the 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 d’Arry Osborn
constantly reminds his son and fourth generation winemaker, Chester Osborn.
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 two thirds of the way through
fermentation. When tannin extraction is just right the wine
is basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and
old French and old American oak barriques and large casks
to complete primary and secondary fermentation. The
barrel fermented component is aged on lees to keep the
wine fresh while also reducing the oak influence. There is
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
Above average Autumn rains set
the vines up well. There was
some heat during flowering
which reduced crop levels in the
Cabernet with no ill-effects on
There was some more warm
weather in January as the reds
were going through verasion,
This did no damage, but did
encourage an early start to
The day time temperatures were
mild through out ripening with
mild to cool nights.
2010 was a very strong vintage in
McLaren Vale with the reds in
particular showing excellent
varietal characters and balance.
The nose is fresh and lifted, full of violets and blackcurrants mixing with leafy aromatics and violets.
The oak supplies a touch of cedar adding complexity with the typical soulful earthiness of
The palate is textured and lithe, coated by lacy tannins with a core of cassis, licorice and plum fruit
mixed with earth, graphite and a mineral tail. It’s well weighted, fresh and balanced, inviting now or
will reward the patient.
Like all d’Arenberg wines, decanting will help this wine show its best, it will age gracefully for up to
ten years if cellared carefully.
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