Ulithorne PATERNUS Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage 2015Ulithorne Paternus Cab Shiraz 2013

PATERNUS [Latin] ‘from the father’

VARIETAL: Cabernet Sauvignon

Ulithorne ‘PATERNUS’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
‘Paternus’ is Latin for ‘from the father’ and is a dedication to Frank Harrison who planted the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz on the old Ulithorne vineyard from 1969.

This extremely limited production is set for release for May 2017 to Ulithorne Allocation Members.





Previous Vintage Notes

Ulithorne PATERNUS Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – SOLD OUT

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon (90%) Shiraz (10%)


Ulithorne PATERNUS Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2013 – SOLD OUT

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon (80%) Shiraz (20%)

‘Paternus’ is Latin for ‘from the father’ and stands tall like a paternal father – being the masculine counter to the Frux Frugis – with its powerful cassis and summer berry flavours, is a great complement to the Frux Frugis’ ripe plum and spicy finesse. This Vintage 2013 release shows the Paternus (for the first time) in its new ‘clothes’; the change of label and slightly weightier bottle, aligns it well to stand beside the Frux Frugis Shiraz. After a less than optimal Cabernet vintage in 2012 we made a choice to de-select Paternus from the Ulithorne 2012 range. With a return to fruit excellence from the old Ulithorne vineyard in 2013 we are delighted to reinstate this award winning wine to the Ulithorne offering.

Tasting Notes
Both the Cabernet and Shiraz for this blend come from the old Ulithorne vineyard. This unique parcel of Cabernet is highly aromatic and quite unique to the clone. Made for lovers of Cabernet, the fragrance of dark summer berries and cassis from the Cabernet fruit is dominant on the nose with mulberry, ripe plum and a touch of spice from the Shiraz. The palate has great depth and length with a fine tannin structure from the gentle fermentation rate and restrained oak handling; a wine to cellar.


Previous Vintage Notes

Ulithorne Paternus Cabernet Shiraz 2011
“The nose is calm and focussed while the palate ripples with muscle and shimmers with energy. There is a coolness to the delivery of flavour which calms and soothes but it grows on the palate like a storm and unleashes lightning strikes of spice and blackcurrant fruit in regular bursts. As the flavour dies away and the storm moves on you find yourself drawn back into the maelstrom for another sip. This continues until the bottle is finished. It seems that you have unleashed your very own internal storm-chaser and before long you will required another thrill-seeking ride and you know where to go.”
Matthew Jukes, 100 Best Australian Wines (2014)

Ulithorne Paternus Cabernet Shiraz 2006
2006 Vintage – “Wine of the Show” McLaren Vale 2008 – Winner of the McLaren Vale Bushing Queen





"Deep, dark, slightly black/tawny tinged colour. The bouquet is subdued and earth-bound, with savoury and not fragrant aromas. Hints of ironstone. The wine is full-bodied and firm, with solid structure and excellent ripeness. Big and generous with abundant ripe tannins and a sense of gravitas. Excellent wine for the long term. 28/5/2017"
97 Points, Huon Hooke

"The palate is awash with dark chocolate and plum fruit, oak gives richness, texture and depth with a flowing line of acidity that keeps the wines richer characters in check. The finish has a drying, earthen web of tannins and layers of dark berry fruit and chocolate notes."
96 Points - Patrick Eckel

"The palate displays considerable weight and power, together with awesome fruit purity and intensity, wonderfully framed by velvety texture and polished tannins. A seriously good shiraz offering outstanding richness and length."
96 Points - Sam Kim, New Zealand