Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia
The pick of the Zema crop and a big family secret, that this outstanding wine is produced in extremely limited quantities. Zema are proudly traditional in their approach to sustainable vineyard practice, controlling crop levels and hand pruning the vines. These practices are enhanced by the family's three strategically selected vineyard locations, capitalising on the regions subtle variations. Family Selection has all the characteristics of a classic Coonawarra Cabernet, concentrated, in a fuller style, with a big palate and exceptional balance.
Coonawarra is well renowned for its remarkable Terra rossa, a thin metre of soil overlaying a deep formation of limestone, which yields the richest Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Zema have applied old world traditions of site selection to identify the locations most suitable to viticulture. It all begins in the vineyard, as fruit is closely monitored throughout the ripening. The most outstanding parcels are selected for their intensity and varietal flavour. Family Selection is vinified under strictly controlled temperatures for a week, a component is treated to a course of oak barrel ferments for complexity. Two years maturation in French hogsheads and barriques has achieved a wine of textural richness.
Vibrant deep purple colour with brick red hues. Ripe dark berry aromas, a hint of mint supported by cassis and nutty oak. A full and flavoursome palate displaying intense ripe dark fruit, mint and refined cedary French oak. Full bodied, exhibits a memorable, enduring finish to fine grained, lingering tannins. Vigorous and well structured, long on flavour, nicely developed and already drinking extremely well.