Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa South Australia
Vinified from parcels of elite Cabernet grapes grown to Grant's Cameron Vale vineyard, planted in the early 1970s, along a fertile area between Lyndoch and Williamstown. A solid backbone of estate grown fruit is enhanced by a further component of splendid Cabernet Sauvignon from the cooler, slow ripening altitudes of Valley Eden. The maturity of site and devotion of the Grant Burge team to their precious vines make a major contribution, clearly evident in the intensity, seamless integration and controlled power of the finished wine.
The intensity of fruit in Cameron Vale mark it as being from a very special site. Unique microclimes and soil permit varietal characters to fully develop, yielding grapes of intense concentration and rich flavour. After crushing and de stemming, juices are vinified on skins for a week, temperatures peak at 26°C early on in the ferments before being brought down to 22°C. A quarter of the components are left on skins for a month, adding structure and enhancing the colour. Following completion and an extended maceration, parcels are treated to full malolactic in barrel. The assembled wine is then transferred into a high proportion of new and seasoned French and American oak barrels for eighteen months maturation.
Inky black in colour with vibrant purple hues. Dark fruits and blackcurrant are dominant on the nose, with hints of savoury spice courtesy of French oak. The palate is generous with dark fruits, ripe plums and a hint of chocolate with the richness of the wine balanced by fine, silken tannins and a refined structure. The rich and complex characters are a delicious match to aged beef or roasted kangaroo.