Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Padthaway Barossa South Australia
Medium to full red-purple; ripe blackberry/earthy varietal character on the bouquet, then a palate with great depth and power, supported by controlled, savoury tannins and lingering blackberry fruit. The oak handling throughout cannot be faulted.
From the Coonawarra, Padthaway, and Barossa Valley. After a dry winter, good rains in September arrived just in time to assist early growth, although this was less vigorous and therefore produced a smaller crop than normal. Conditions throughout summer were dry and warm before relieving rains and cooler conditions in autumn. Fruit was particularly intense with ripe, minty flavours and excellent varietal definition and structure. Maturation for thirteen months in new American oak. Alcohol 13.50% Acidity 7.00g/L pH 3.49.
Winemaker comments by John Duval: Colour is an opaque mauve, with a black centre and dark crimson rim. Varietal notes of blackcurrant and a hint of leaf are immediately apparent, with black olives and sweet dark fruits in the background. The wine shows cedary, spicy oak with thumbprint savoury smoky whiffs indicative of the ferment finishing in barrel. Structurally tight and taut, in keeping with the variety, the wine is mouth-filling and expansive, with bright, ripe dark berry fruits and tight-grained, elongated tannins. With great finesse and showing excellent persistence of flavour, the wine's impressive depth and structure give it immense presence in the glass and promises a great cellaring future.