Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia
Distinguished Langtons Classification. Doug and Emma Bowen hold a very strong belief in the hand pruning of vines. Such old fashioned care improves evenness of budburst, bunch exposure and ripeness, for restricted yields of the most intensely flavoured Cabernet grapes. A holistic management of the soils is crucial, all plantings are closely husbanded and individually managed, local fauna is encouraged to be a part of the ecosystem. It is this painstaking nurture of the vine which translates into an enduring quality of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon.
Fruit is sourced exclusively from estate vines planted to Coonawarra's historic Terra rossa soils. Coonawarra Cabernet is famous for vibrant varietal aromas, big flavours and soft balanced tannins. Vines are hand pruned and trellised to the hanging cane method, allowing grapes full exposure to sunshine, enabling them to achieve optimal ripeness and full flavour. Grapes are harvested, crushed and vinified on skins over a course of several days. A third of the fruit is barrel fermented in new oak each year. Batches are monitored through to completion of malolactic, racked off settled solids lees and treated to an extended maturation in a selection of mainly French 225 litres oak barriques.
Brilliant, intense red colour. Wonderful rich blackberry aromas, intense and lively fruit perfumes leap out of the glass. The palate is classically structured, abundantly rich, sweet Cabernet Sauvignon flavours are supported by long, elegant Coonawarra tannins, finely balanced by the savoury smokey hints of French oak. Bowen Estate offers great lingering length and depth of palate, perfect for current drinking and will age with grace. Serve with red meat, ripe cheeses and richly seasoned game.