Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia
From two blocks of superior vines grown to the McLaren Flat estate, hand planted by the Scarpantoni brothers in the early 1970s. Brothers Block claimed Australia's most illustrious award, the highly coveted Jimmy Watson trophy in 2007. A tremendously well received wine throughout the years, claiming a multitude of prestigious awards. A luscious full bodied Cabernet wine which exudes intense bouquets of blackcurrant and mint, exhibiting a richer more layered style, showing strong regionality and compelling varietal definition.
Domenico Scarpantoni worked for Thomas Hardy at Tintara, later becoming vineyard manager for Seaview in McLaren Vale. He was responsible for the contoured vineyards that Seaview were renowned for in the 1960s. Vines on Brothers Block are grown to a terroir of deep, free draining sandy soil over ironstone subsoils which impart a luscious red fruit character and distinctive Cabernet expression to the wine. At harvest the grapes are picked based on their developing flavour profiles and fermented in four tonne batches. All parcels are kept separate throughout vinification, barrel fermented and matured up to sixteen months in a combination of new and seasoned French oak hogsheads until assemblage.
Deep, ferrous red. A complex bouquet of blackcurrant, mint and spice with hints of sweet, toasty vanillin oak. The palate is soft and round with elegant, well integrated fruit and oak leading to a long, persistent finish. It's big and fruity, stylish and dry, with rich berry fruit flavours, cedary spicy French oak and plush lined tannins. A McLaren Vale Cabernet like no other, the perfect accompaniment to meats and fine cheese.