2018 Bin 32 Futures
A number of Australian wineries have used the Bin number designation on their wines and this came about as wines were bottled but not labelled and then retrieved from the appropriate bin location for labelling just before sale. The Bin designation has stuck even though the practice has now been discontinued with new high-speed bottling lines where all bottling and labelling are done at the same time. The big harvest of 2018 gave me the opportunity to see if I could make a blended wine with Cabernet and Syrah to complement the Grandfather’s Cuvée, but using Syrah as the base wine. In my blending trials my favorite wine was when I used 2 barrels of the Ellen Syrah (my Grandmother's tribute blend), 2 barrels of the bigger Estate Syrah and 2+ barrels of the McGraw Cabernet, with the final blend being 68% Syrah and 32% Cabernet. By co-incidence my father was born in 1932, so this inaugural vintage of the Bin 32 is a tribute to him. It shares a similar weight and richness also seen with the Grandfather’s Cuvée but has a little more chocolate and cherry notes and just a little more vanilla. A generous wine I would expect it to be long lived (a bit like dad!). It should be ready to drink in mid 2021, but should age for another 10 in good storage conditions. 148 cases bottled on July 6th 2020 under screwcap.