A NOTE FROM OUR WINEMAKERS
This wine is a powerful example of Cabernet Sauvignon, the regional hero in Coonawarra.
Director of Winemaking
THE FINER DETAILS
This wine is a powerful example of Cabernet Sauvignon, the regional hero in Coonawarra. It has complex aromas of blackcurrant and oak and a rich, full-bodied palate with fine lingering tannin. A wine for celebrating, now or any time over the next 10 years.
Coonawarra experienced a good vintage in 2013, with fine weather continuing throughout autumn and providing excellent conditions for slow ripening and a relatively leisurely harvest. With fruit from several vineyards, this is a truly regional wine reflecting the essence of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. It benefits from the added concentration and complexity of fruit from mature vines aged between 20 and 50 years. The fruit was picked in mid-late April and then fermented in overhead fermenters. The wine was matured in French and American hogsheads for 15 months.
Coonawarra is a wine region famed for its unique ‘terra rossa’ – red earth laid over limestone. This precious soil is confined to a cigar-shaped strip of land just 21km long and 2km wide and the most prized vineyards are planted there. The region also lays claim to pure underground water and a long, relatively cool ripening season which brings out the best in Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Coonawarra benefits from a limited maritime influence but is prone to spring frosts and summer heatwaves. The name Coonawarra is derived from an Aboriginal word for a native honeysuckle that grows in the area.