With Yard Dog, our winemakers aim for the classic Bordeaux blend – that is Cabernet with Merlot – but, as with all true Aussies, he’s not one to stick to the standard blend. So, within the mix you’ll find the added benefits of Petit Verdot, a grape that’s somewhat lost in popularity in Bordeaux circles. But we’re here to champion the underdog.
So, the Cabernet was sourced from the cool coastal areas, to ensure that the grapes provided enough of the blackcurrant crunch, firm structural tannins and lovely depth of colour. The Merlot, however, is from renowned Coonawarra, perhaps best-known for Cab, but still tops for dense, damson-powered Merlot.
This red is all about fruit power and easy drinkability, with just a subtle touch of oak maturation that adds to the flavours, rather than being distinct.