2017 Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone represents the pinnacle of our red wine production and is the most authentic expression of Hazel's Vineyard. Biodynamic farming, meticulous vineyard management and the utmost attention to detail in the winery all contribute to a wine that speaks of our land. This wine is crafted from select parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

97 pts – “85/5/5/5% cabernet sauvignon/malbec/merlot/petit verdot from the biodynamically farmed Hazel's Vineyard (certified from 2021 vintage). 16 months in French oak (40% new). Savoury, oak-driven and structured tannins are the standout feature here; shapely, finely knit and supple. They provide a frame from which the red berries and exotic spice can hang. Long and rippling, this is a wine of savoury succulence and longevity.”

Erin Larkin, Halliday Wine Companion 13 August 2021

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Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon | Malbec | Merlot | Petit Verdot
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The Real Review
Halliday Wine Companion
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Ray Jordan
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A parcel selection of our top performing vines within the Hazel’s Vineyard. The nose is a display of fragrant violet, red currant and blueberry confection complemented by savoury notes of black olive tapenade, tobacco leaf and dusty dark chocolate. The palate is elegant and refined, combining dense dark fruits and sweet spice with firm gravelly tannins providing impressive length. Made in very limited quantities, this wine expresses the essence of this remarkable southern Margaret River site.
100% Hazel’s Vineyard - certified biodynamic in 2020. Our southernmost vineyard characterised by coarse ironstone gravel loam soil, Southern Ocean breezes, a northerly aspect and plenty of Margaret River sunshine.
Wine Making
Our best parcels of fruit were fermented in open stone fermenters with the use of indigenous yeasts. Some of the wines were left on skins post fermentation for several weeks to provide savouriness and structure to the blend. Others were pressed earlier for freshness and aromatic lift. Each variety was kept separate and aged in the finest selection of French oak barrels for 18-months prior to bottling. The wine remains unfined and unfiltered.
Vintage Report
After desirable conditions during flowering, the 2017 summer started cool and wet, slowing down the growing season significantly. Conditions improved in late February, developing into a perfect Indian summer. The result is whites that are packed with energy and poise, and reds that got the benefit of a long, cool ripening period; tannin ripeness and complex flavour development. Alcohols are lower than previous years, even with greater physiological ripeness.