Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa McLaren Padthaway South Australia
Originally received by a grateful follwing as a return to basics, the 2002 was considered to quite possibly be in the league of the great 1990 and 1996 releases. Unique for it's total exclusion of the usual backbone of Coonawarra Cabernet fruit.
From the Penfolds Kalimna and Koonunga Hill Vineyards in the Barossa, and other superior Cabernet vineyards in the McLaren Vale, and Padthaway. Regular winter rainfalls ensured ideal soil moisture levels and healthy vine growth. Spring and Summer temperatures were amongst the lowest on record, which reduced yield potential, as well as slowing overall crop ripening to a crawl. A warm, dry Autumn eventuated, which, combined with careful vineyard management, enabled the grapes to reach ideal ripeness. This wine was matured fourteen months in new American oak hogsheads. Alcohol 14.50% Acidity 6.80g/L pH 3.54.
Winemaker comments by Peter Gago: Impenetrable black/ purple with a concession of red at the rim. An unashamedly powerful, sweet nose of ripe fruits, (blackcurrant, concentrated cassis) and unbaked Christmas cake mix, align with an aromatic coal/smoky barrel ferment lift. Complex and distinctive! Dark stone fruits, mocha and dark chocolate flavours stand apart with a black olive, tarry ‘darkness' lurking behind - 14 months in 100% new oak handled comfortably. Succulent and fleshy without any suggestion of over ripeness, facilitated by huge, ripe, mouth coating tannins that coat evenly without excessive grip. Long and lingering.