Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Coonawarra South Australia
Excellent Langtons Classification. One of Australia's icon wines, perennially feted and internationally recognized. A highly structured, integrated red that's immense in stature, and always offers long ageing potential.
An assemblage of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, with smaller proportions of Petit Verdot from the elite Evans Vineyard, and 5% Malbec from the distinguished Sharefarmers Vineyard. Hand picked grapes are fermented to a selected native Petaluma yeast culture, carried out mainly in Potter submerged cap fermenters. Smaller portions of the fruit were fermented in 1.5 tonne open fermenters and these were hand plunged twice per day. After twenty to thirty days on skins the wine was drained and the skins pressed. Following full malolactic on yeast lees, Petaluma was treated to maturation under a combination of new Alliers and Nevers oaks for eighteen months prior to bottling without filtration.
Dusty oak over minty red berry aromas. There is a lace of rose floral, spicy varietal characters act as threads through the aromas like quartz veins in granite, attractive scented oak adds to the interest. Deep and brooding ripe black berry fruits form the rich core of the wine. The palate is broad and smooth, flavours of ripe plums and blackberry, it's tightly woven in with the clove, cinnamon and concentrated stock characters of the oak and tannins. The sweet intense fruit is still very tight and shows slightly butch tannins.