Cabernet Sauvignon Eden Valley South Australia
Elderton have been counting for some years on friends in the Eden Valley to provide fruit for the production of a small batch Cabernet Sauvignon trial. So impressed were they with the beauty and structure of the wines that they acquired a vineyard on the outskirts of Craneford, hand selected for Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the most beautiful sites in the area, where rolling hills and valleys provide much variety in expression, bearing vines up to thirty years of age.
Elderton can lay claim to being a home of the Jimmy Watson, having won Australia's most coveted trophy, purely on the quality of their Cabernet Sauvignon. Their Eden Valley vineyard lies just south of the small township of Craneford. Soils, topography and climate vary quite considerably to that of the Barossa Valley floor. At an elevation of 420 metres, conditions can be radically different to the Barossa Valley floor, it is generally wetter, cooler and the soils tend to be skeletal and minerally. Upon completion of vinification, Elderton is treated to a year's maturation in a selection of seasoned French and American oak hogsheads and puncheons, building structure while retaining dominance of fruit. Alcohol 13.5%
Deep purple/ black. Blackcurrant, plums and mint nose, showing distinct regional eucalyptus which greatly lifts the aromatic profile. A solid core of blackcurrant, liquorice and cassis makes for a full bodied structure, balanced by chalky tannins. This palate of black fruits and cassis punches well above its weight.