Kest Estate is a Barossa winery setup mainly for exports, backed by a vineyard planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. What makes this plot unique is that it's all bush vines - small stumpy, gnarled things that typically produce lower yields but greater concentration. For this Reserve Cabernet Blend, the aim is absolute quality from the start. That means those fabulous little vines are handpicked and then transferred to a single open fermenter. The finished wine is then matured for a whopping 18 months in a mix of new and old French barrels before bottling. The final result is a big wine too - a chunky, full-flavoured Barossan red with those classic blackberry regional flavours and backed by real tannins.
A single wine is produced on the vineyard. It is a combination of four varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. We call this combination a Meritage meaning a marriage or blend of red. All fruit is picked in a single harvest producing a single vintage. Before being bottled all wine is kept in French oak for 18+ months.
A number of ancient eucalypts grow on the property and it is said that one can detect a slight hint of eucalyptus in the wine, making it uniquely Australian.