Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia
For a region that's so well renowned for world class Shiraz, McLaren Vale makes extraordinary Cabernet and Ballast Stone are on the receiving end of some serious attention for their quality of wines. Grapes are predominantly sourced from the venerable Arthur's Block, where gnarled old vines continue to deliver harvests of the finest fruit anywhere in McLaren Vale. Enthusiasts of accessible Cabernet wines take note, that nothing beats sitting down to a traditional roast leg of lamb with all the trimmings and a glass or two of well breathed Ballast Stone.
Goolwa was the most important river port in South Australia during the nineteenth century, where sailing ships unloaded ballast stone to refill their holds for the return trip to England. The structures which house today's wineworks on Ballast Stone Estate are made from this very stone. Most people are retiring by the age of sixty five, but the old vines on Arthur's Block are just getting started. Parcels of fruit displaying intensity of flavour and solid structure are vinified in a selection of fermenters and treated to a traditional winemaking process before rack and settling. The finished wine is matured in a mix of fine French and American oak barrels to soften the tannins and develop complexity before bottling. Alcohol 14.5%
Deep ruby/ scarlet colour. A bouquet of blackberries and violet, chocolates and mint, eucalypts and well integrated oak. The smooth, full bodied, fruit driven palate exhibiting layers of berry fruits, cassis and dark cherry notes persist as the wine finishes on a note of fine, firming tannins. Made to enjoy right now, while offering the structure and complexity for development.