As a young wine, the High Trellis Cabernet has a dense crimson red colour with purple tinges. The High Trellis has a typical young Cabernet Sauvignon attack on the nose; lifted violets, mint and capsicum Cabernet edges above a rich, ripe blackberry, plum and liquorice ash base. Typical cassis and blackcurrant aromas are also evident. A little smoky vanillin oak and cinnamon smells help to give the wine great complexity and longevity.
On the palate, mouth filling sweet blackberries, plums and blackcurrant flavours are highlighted by the rich, strong mid palate which is finely structured with firm fruit and oak tannin on the typically long, fresh young tangy finish.
After time in bottle d’Arenberg’s High Trellis Cabernet develops brick red-brown colour and classical, elegant cigar-box, tobacco, coffee and mocha smells. Further ageing finds the d’Arenberg’s High Trellis developing aromas of violets, truffles, cooked beetroot, toffee and stewed rhubarb. These characters continue onto the palate where cashewy, black olive, liquorice and earthy chocolate flavours can be found after time.