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D Block Reserve

Cabernet Sauvignon 2016




In a small niche of the John Petrucci vineyard the soil, climate and Cabernet Sauvignon combine to create something special - the fruit that is ultimately hand crafted to become D Block Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Gentle hand working of the skins in small, 5 tonne open fermenters and traditional winemaking practices protect and nurture the unique qualities of the terroir. Very fine grained French oak hogsheads are used to allow a long, slow maturation of the wine and subtle oak integration. A combination of new - 6 year old barrels, crafted by select coopers to our requirements, are used to create nuances and diversity of flavour. When maturation and oak integration are perfect, individual barrels are selected and blended to create the fruit power, complexity and harmonious balance that is Shingleback D Block Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tasting Note

Vibrant purple-red. The alluring primary aromas of cassis and blueberry are highlighted with subtle cedary oak, floral notes and just a hint of mint. The rich, harmonious mid-palate is filled with the flavours of ripe dark berries, framed by vanilla and cashew nuances that derive from the maturation in French oak hogsheads. A full-bodied, structured Cabernet Sauvignon that eloquently expresses the synergy of the old Reynell clone vines, the terroir and my personal winemaking philosophy. 


* No animal products are used in the production of this wine.




It's very good. It's fresh with boysenberry, but tapped with blackcurrant. It shows spearmint-like highlights and elements of florals, though there's a kind of blackberry pie character here too. Of course it's ripe and solid, but a light hand has been applied. 94 pts.

James Halliday Wine Companion 2019, August 2018

Deliciously primary now, the 2016 D Block Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon boasts up-front aromas of toasted cedar, cassis and vanilla. It's faintly herbal, just enough to remind you that it's Cabernet, but it's also full-bodied and concentrated, with a ripe, mid-palate and a long, silky finish.

The Wine Advocate, USA, Sept 2018, September 2018

Deep red/purple colour and a fresh mulberry and dark chocolate bouquet. The palate is rich, supple and full-bodied, quite strongly oak-infused and with a certain thickness of texture and chew at the finish. Flesh and density in abundance. A satisfying cabernet that will cellar well. 92/100 

Huon Hooke,, May 2019

A beautifully fragrant cabernet sauvignon with high-toned blackcurrant aromas. The palate is full-flavoured and gently fleshy, yet appropriately restrained, with fine tannins and measured integrated acidity. It is a wine that has both power and grace. 92/100

Toni Paterson,, May 2019




  • 2018 International Wine Challenge, UK
  • 2018 China Wine & Spirits Awards, Hong Kong
  • 2018 Halliday Cabernet Challenge


  • 2017 Royal Adelaide Wine Show, class 26
  • 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine awards, class 46
  • 2017 Royal Hobart Wine Show, class 20
  • 2018 Sydney Royal Wine Show, class 27
  • 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards, UK
  • 2018 Royal Queensland Wine Show, class 46
  • 2018 Royal Hobart Wine Awards, class 21
  • 2018 Perth Royal Wine Awards, class 21
  • 2018 Mundus Vini International Wine Awards, Germany
  • 2018 International Wine Challenge, Vienna

94 pts - 2019 James Halliday Wine Companion

93 pts - Wine Advocate, USA, Sept 2018

Technical Details

Region 100% McLaren Vale
Variety 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol 14.2%
pH 3.67
TA 6.4 g/L


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