Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Clare Valley South Australia
As far back as the earliest days of Clare Valley viticulture, the locals would help each other during the busy times of season. While she was delivering lunches to workers who were pruning vines one winter, Annie Wayman's horse drawn cart struck difficulty in negotiating the muddy track back to her cottage. From that day on, the track has been affectionately known as Annie's Lane. Quelltaler Watervale is harvested from vineyards bordering the famous Annie's Lane, crafted to a fine balance between the richness of Shiraz and structure of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Watervale is a unique sub region within Clare Valley which produces some of Australia's most magnificent red wines. The soils are comprised of friable red clay loam over a limestone base, allowing for perfect drainage and natural low vigour to achieve high quality grapes displaying richness and ripe, developed tannins. Warm days and mild evenings during the ripening season are conducive to excellent flavour and berry development. Favourable growing conditions are quite consistent, achieving healthy harvests at almost every vintage. Parcels of Cabernet and Shiraz are separately placed into 10t open fermenters for vinification, followed by maturation in traditional large format oak barrels and vats.
Bright, dark scarlet colour. Aromatic nose of red and blue berries with supple hints of violets, cinammon and mint. Plums, raspberries, red and blackcurrants, mulberries and spices on the palate are supported by a hint of background cocoa/ vanilla oak and a bed of fine chalky tannins. Ideal with a Portuguese chicken or marinated and char grilled vegetables and meats.