Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Vintage

Average winter rains were followed by a very cool and dry late January/ February, resulting in very healthy vines with big canopies and intensely varietal fruit which held their acidity extraordinarily well during the March hot spell.

Winemaking

Traditionally made in open fermenters and matured in a mixture of both old (60%) and new (40%) French and American oak. Of the new oak component, 90% was French and the balance American. The Cabernet Sauvignon has benefited from the addition of a small percentage of ‘cordon cut’ ‘Amarone’ style Cabernet which was left to dry on the vine for about two weeks after harvest. Separately fermented and matured, it was blended back just prior to bottling. This ‘Amarone’ style component adds an interesting dimension to this single vineyard wine.

Tasting Notes

The wine is dark purple/ black in colour, and has a marvellous charcoal, dark red fruit and cassis nose, with a pretty floral lift. There is a fine, long and balanced palate showing fresh dark and red fruits. The tannins are fine and long and very approachable and the wine finishes softly with extraordinary length. 

Technical Details

Picking Date5th and 12th March 2008
pH Level3.51
Total Acidity6.81
Alc/Vol14.0%
Bottling Date18th June 2009

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