Empire of Dirt
Empire of Dirt
- Cabernet Sauvignon
Australian Cabernet is often made in quite a rich, decadent style that needs patience and time to be ready to drink. Empire of Dirt are steering away from this, making their Cabernet with a modern twist; fresh and elegant, deliciously juicy and still drinking well when young (though it will certainly keep giving the goods for many years to come). This 2020 Cabernet, from the cooler vineyard sites of the Yarra Valley, has become a fast, firm favourite with The Sourcing Table team. Plump blackcurrant and blackberry fruit balanced perfectly with fresh acidity, silky tannins and a nice spicy kick to finish.
About Empire of Dirt
Empire of Dirt is an exclusive label made in partnership with Pinot Noir genius Timo Mayer, by his son Rivar. Today the Yarra is feted for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but historically there was a broader mix of grapes grown, think Mount Mary and Coldstream Hills. Timo and Rivar find well managed vineayards which they think are producing good fruit. They then make the wine simply with a percentage of whole bunch fermentation, which is Timo's trademark, and no additions.
Rivar seems to have inherited his father’s down-to-earth turn of phrase: ‘The Savvy comes from a vineyard next to us which the old man looks after. It was whole bunch pressed, with a third crushed and left overnight before pressing. We wanted to give the wine more varietal characters and texture. The wine had good acidity and didn't need any additions apart from a little sulphur. Good S**t.’