So here are the lengths Austin Hope went through for his first ever Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon:
He started by selecting the very best barrels for his 2017 Cabernet. These then completed their normal oak aging process before Hope assembled them and put them back in different barrels (75% new and 25% second use).
The very best of these barrels were then selected out and put back into 100% new oak barrels (their third barrels!) for 6 more months.
The winery says:
The 2017 Austin Hope Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is an enticing dark crimson. Warm aromas of blueberries, roasted coffee, burnt toffee, cocoa and dried baking spices fill the glass. On the palate, layers of fine dusty tannins are met with earthy tones, toasted cloves, creamy vanilla and a touch of bright red fruit capped by an epic firm structure.
This is essentially an essence of Austin Hope Cabernet – a richer, more luscious and opulent Cab even than its inspiration, the Caymus Special Selection.