Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa South Australia
St Hallett selects individual sites each year for inclusion into the Gamekeepeer. Fruit is sourced from a patchwork of vineyards around the finer winegrowing hamlets of Barossa. Cabernet Sauvignon from the cooler, slower ripening sites to the south of the Valley, yield parcels of the most intensely flavoured grapes. As vintage approaches, St Hallett's winemakers and viticulturalists spend time in the vineyards monitoring sugar/ acid profiles and flavour development, co-ordinating the harvest to a schedule based on complete ripeness.
Cabernet Sauvignon is harvested off vineyards which have been contributing fruit to St Hallett for many years, grapes are immediately crushed into fermenters, inoculated to a mix of neutral specialty yeasts and choice Bordeaux strains, to encourage variations in the complexity whilst achieving intensity of aroma and flavour. Components are vinified over the course of several days at moderate temperatures. An ardent regimen of cap management and pumpover achieves optimal colour, aiding complex flavours and ripe tannins to be gently extracted. Upon completion, Gamekeeper is drained and pressed, seeded with lactic and treated to malolactic in a selection of new and seasoned French and American oak barrels.
Deep ruby red with deep magenta hues. Gamekeeper is the expression of Barossa Cabernet, lifted blackcurrant and blackberry notes, violets and varietal herbal leaf characters. A firm structure of ripe tannins, in support of savoury olive and dark bramble berry flavours, perfumed by the classic mintyness which is the hallmark of all things St Hallett. The Barossa Cabernet of choice to accompany beef cheek or lamb.